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Hour of Glory (1949)

The Small Back Room (original title)
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 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

Film debut of Michael Goodliffe. See more »

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Sammy Rice: I must have a drink. Ask me to have a drink woman.
Susan: Have a drink Sammy.
Sammy Rice: Whisky?
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Sammy Rice: No thanks Susan.
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"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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If You Were the Only Girl in the World
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Brooding Tale of Redemption
24 August 2000 | by chazzy-3See all my reviews

This film is an interesting return to the general subject matter of Powell and Pressburger's black and white war films (49th Parallel, One of our Aircraft, etc..), but, made four years after the end of the war, it is a moody piece that focuses on a man disabled by the war. It is typical of their work in that it features brilliantly well-rounded, truly adult characters without easy answers or one-dimensional poses; it is also a departure from their other films of the period in its lack of flamboyance and otherworldly flair. The gritty style - no music, for example, and wonderfully spare dialogue by Pressburger - is perfectly echoed by the intense performances of Kathleen Byron and David Farrar. As always, Powell's keen visual sense is paramount to the brilliance of the Archers' films, and the bomb-defusing scene on the beach makes great use of the setting in its compositions and editing. Although it is not the best introduction to the work of Powell and Pressburger, this film is a keen testament to the capacity of their storytelling abilities in weaving a tale of a man who finds redemption through work and love. Whether their films are explorations of the power of art or the effects of war, I consistently find their work profoundly moving. Let's hope that it is FINALLY released on video or, better still, DVD. (Attention, Scorcese!!!!)


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