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Hour of Glory (1949)

The Small Back Room (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 23 February 1952 (USA)
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (novel), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrar ... Sammy Rice
Kathleen Byron ... Susan
Jack Hawkins ... R.B. Waring
Leslie Banks ... Col. A.K. Holland
Michael Gough ... Capt. Dick Stuart
Cyril Cusack ... Cpl. Taylor
Milton Rosmer ... Prof. Mair
Emrys Jones ... Joe
Walter Fitzgerald ... Brine
Renée Asherson ... A.T.S. Corporal
Henry Caine Henry Caine ... Sgt. Maj. Rose
Sidney James ... 'Knucksie' Moran - Barkeeper
Sam Kydd ... Crowhurst - Door Sentry
Michael Goodliffe ... Till
Geoffrey Keen ... Pinker
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Storyline

The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. He finds solace and relief from his pain in the whisky bottle & the pills that are never far away. A new type of booby trapped bomb push his nerves & resolution to the limit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hour of Glory See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Susan: Where were you going Sammy?
Sammy Rice: I don't know.
Susan: A woman?
Sammy Rice: Maybe.
Susan: How about me?
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Crazy Credits

"It has been suggested that I should point out that the characters and incidents in this story are purely fictional. This I gladly do. They are." - N.B. N.B. is Nigel Balchin, the author of the original novel. See more »

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One of the finest films of the 1940s
4 February 2006 | by paul-1983See all my reviews

I have often sought out black and white films from the British cinema and was not disappointed when I came across The Small Back Room. Now possibly one of my favourite films of all time, the very good, simple underlying plot is overtaken by the principal characters, played by David Farrar and Kathleen Byron. An excellent supporting cast, including Michael Gough, Jack Hawkins and Leslie Banks enables the viewer to pull the curtains on a rainy afternoon and to lose themselves in a world that is not quite the 1943 in which the film is set and in in some ways is much later than the 1949 in which it was made. The relationship between Sammy and Susan is a deep and powerful, but secret one and is more curious when one has time to reflect and put it into its (early or late) 1940s context. The fact that they keep their feelings from their colleagues is endemic of the times but is a little curious nonetheless. A friend who knows about such things immediately latched onto the way that another male character fixes his intense gaze upon Sammy Rice to the extent that it now makes me a tiny bit uncomfortable in a non-21st century way. Keep watching this film and you will see more and more interplay between people that implies a further raft of professional and social relationships that the film never actually explores or explains. My verdict: Catch a stinking cold and take a day off work. Curl up on the sofa with a hot drink and lose yourself in a world that you will want to keep coming back to.


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