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Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 3 March 1939 (USA)
One night of twelve crowded hours in the life of a newspaper investigative reporter out to get the goods on the master-minds who operate the profitable Numbers Racket in a big city. His ... See full summary »

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

John Twist (screen play), Garrett Fort (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Nick Green
Lucille Ball ... Paula Sanders
Allan Lane ... Dave Sanders
Donald MacBride ... Detective Sergeant Joe Keller
Cy Kendall ... George Costain (as Cyrus W. Kendall)
John Arledge ... Red
Granville Bates ... James McEwen
Bradley Page ... Tom Miller
Dorothy Lee ... Thelma
Addison Richards ... Berquist
Murray Alper ... Louie Allen
John Gallaudet ... Jimmy
Joe De Stefani Joe De Stefani ... Rovitch (as Joseph de Stephani)
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Storyline

One night of twelve crowded hours in the life of a newspaper investigative reporter out to get the goods on the master-minds who operate the profitable Numbers Racket in a big city. His quest is somewhat hampered by a romantic redhead, her less-than-stellar brother, a fat police detective, and henchmen, with bad intention, crawling out of the woodwork, and sewers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MOB MEN making millions on illegal policy-slips...pitted against a dynamite news-hawk on the inside track of red murder that baffled even law's bloodhounds! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 Horas de Aflição See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Al Herman is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Nick's Driver," but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Keller comes to Green's apartment and finds Costain and Green inside, he walks in and stops in the middle of the room. A conversation ensues. Keller then notices the handkerchief and compact on the desk, but he and the other two men are now another two yards/ metres further into the room. See more »

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Good Cast, Murky Screenplay
18 June 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

At times director Landers shows imagination as in the sudden close-ups. Otherwise there's little snap to the proceedings, but at least he keeps things moving, along with a couple eye-catching car crashes. The crowded hours are more like a crowded and rather loose screenplay that fails to really engage. It's something about a newspaperman getting the goods on a rackets kingpin, but the narrative rolls around too much to establish itself. Actor Dix gets little chance to show his usual grit, while Lucy gets mainly five lines and twenty minutes of looking over Dix's shoulder. So for Lucy fans, it's like a teaser with no payoff. With McBride, Kendall, and Richards, the supporting cast features familiar faces from that era. Too bad they don't get a better chance to show their stuff. I wish there were something to recommend besides the clever twelve-hour bookends, but there isn't. All and all, it's a rather flat programmer despite the promising criminal elements.


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