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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.



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Cast overview:
... Jim Landis
... Paul Bernard
... Elsa Carson
... Charles Carson
... Mrs. Tallman
... Foot, the Butler
... Peter Blake
... Henry Carson
Michael Mark ... Arthur Bell (as Michael Marks)
... Dr. Munro
Miki Morita ... Choong
Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Dubbin, the Cook


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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Release Date:

18 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Morte nas Sombras  »

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Sound Mix:

(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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a very average WHO DUNNIT....
10 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

The only big name i recognize in here is Hedda Hopper, who had started with bit parts in the silent films, become pretty well known years later, and then started her own "woman about town" gossip column, now playing herself in later films. (Gotta see he in "The Women" !) In "Dark Hour", two old timers are watching over their neice "Elsa", played by Irene Ware. ( Ware was apparently Miss United States 1926. ) Elsa will inherit EVERYTHING when the uncles go, so they are concerned that she might some bad decisions... and then... something TERRIBLE happens... and everyone tries to figure out who dunnit! Picture and sound quality are pretty turrible... but it's not so bad. Based on a novel by Sinclair Gluck.. couldn't find any info about him; this seems to be the only thing of his made into a film. Directed by Charles Lamont. He had been around in silents since the 1920s, writing and directing. Worked with some of the biggies in comedy and drama. Dark Hour is "okay"... it's just like every single "thin man", or any who-dunnit ever written. nothing in the middle really happens until the last five minutes when everything comes together. It's not so bad.

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