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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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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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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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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

The film takes place in March 1943. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1943 but Susan tells Sammy that it's Tuesday the 23rd of May. The 23rd didn't fall on a Tuesday in 1943, although it did in 1939 and 1944. See more »

Quotes

Susan: Wouldn't it be silly to break up something we both like doing, only because you think I don't like it.
Sammy Rice: Yes, you've got it all worked out in the way women always have. They don't worry about anything except being alive or dead.
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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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Soft Shoe Shuffle
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Written by Spencer Williams and Maurice Burman
Performed by Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group
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It's All A Bit Hush-Hush
7 June 2014 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Not really knowing what to expect from The Small Back Room, I'm glad to say that I found myself pleasantly surprised by this 1949, British production. It was one of the best character studies that I've seen (from that era) in quite a long time.

Set in 1943 (in war-torn London), this beautifully restored, b&w drama held my undivided attention from start to finish.

Featuring a good cast (headlined by David Farrar) and impressive camera-work (there's lots of great close-ups), The Small Back Room's story concerns the professional and personal conflicts of Sam Rice, a troubled research scientist and bomb-disposal expert with a "tin leg" and a weakness for whiskey.

This solid, intense (and somewhat depressing) story even contains a scene filmed at Stonehenge. As well, there's a rather strange & surreal sequence involving clocks and a distorted whiskey bottle that gets thrown into the mix which may puzzle some viewers.

All-in-all - This WW2 drama was well-worth a view.


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