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The Dark Hour (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 February 1936 (USA)
A pair of detectives investigates the murder of an elderly millionaire who was the target of blackmail and death threats and find that there is no shortage of suspects, many of them in the victim's own family.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Ewart Adamson (screenplay), Sinclair Gluck (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ray Walker ... Jim Landis
Berton Churchill ... Paul Bernard
Irene Ware ... Elsa Carson
Hobart Bosworth ... Charles Carson
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Tallman
E.E. Clive ... Foot, the Butler
Harold Goodwin ... Peter Blake
William V. Mong ... Henry Carson
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Arthur Bell (as Michael Marks)
John St. Polis ... Dr. Munro
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Choong
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Dubbin, the Cook
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Storyline

Two reclusive, rich old men, brothers and wards of their niece, Elsa Carson (Irene Ware)are very protective of their own affairs and also keep a close eye on Elsa. One of them, Henry Carson (William V. Mong), is murdered and his brother, sister, and household servants all come under suspicion. Elsa enlists the aid of a private detective, Jim Landis (Ray Walker, she has met and is falling in love with. Jim, in turn, solicits help from an older, retired detective, Paul Bernard (Berton Churchill). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morte nas Sombras See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Sunday 14 April 1940 on pioneer television station W2XBS (Channel 1); in Syracuse it first aired Wednesday 29 December 1948 on freshly launched WHEN (Channel 8). See more »

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Amusing and surprisingly different mystery.
22 July 2004 | by bmlittleSee all my reviews

If you enjoy old mystery movies and like your mystery with a little light humor, this film will please you. There are plenty of unusual characters and twists to the story that will keep you amused if not confused. The characters are well played and the story is quite intriguing. Unlike most of today's movies that rely on special effects, this film lets the story and characters set up the mood for the film, and by doing so sets up some unexpected situations such as two detectives trying to solve the mystery. One is an older fellow, the other younger. Instead of teaming together, they work independently for the most part and compare notes, each feeling the other out. There is the usual romantic interests as well, and all ingredients are made to blend pretty well. There is indeed a lot going on in this old film , as you will see.


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