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Hour of Glory ()

The Small Back Room (original title)
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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.

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Sammy Rice
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Susan
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R.B. Waring
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Col. A.K. Holland
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Capt. Dick Stuart
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Cpl. Taylor
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Prof. Mair
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Joe
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Brine
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A.T.S. Corporal
Henry Caine ...
Sgt. Maj. Rose
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'Knucksie' Moran - Barkeeper
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Crowhurst - Door Sentry
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Till
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Pinker
June Elvin ...
Gillian
David Hutcheson ...
Norval
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The Minister
Roddy Hughes ...
Welsh Doctor
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Peterson - Dying Gunner (as Brian Forbes)
Roderick Lovell ...
Capt. Pearson
James Dale ...
Brigadier
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
Gladwin
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Col. Strang
James Carney ...
Sgt. Groves
Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group ...
Hickory Tree Band
Kenny Baker ...
Trumpeter - Hickory Tree Band
Frederic Lewis ...
Fred Lewis - Musician (as Frederick Lewis)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Amstrong ...
Trombone Player - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
Hamlyn Benson ...
Prof. Char (uncredited)
Wallace Bosco ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Pete Chilver ...
Guitarist - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
Jan Conrad ...
Polish Officer (uncredited)
Michael Conry ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Jan Frankowski ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
Claude Frederic ...
Col. D. Strachey (uncredited)
Johnnie Gray ...
Saxophonist - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
Julia Lang ...
Danny's Mother (uncredited)
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Man at Committee Meeting (uncredited)
Richard Neilson ...
American in Hickory Club (uncredited)
Fred Nicholas ...
Officer at Gun Trial (uncredited)
Sonya O'Shea ...
Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)
Jack Parnell ...
Drummer - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
Charlie Short ...
Bass Player - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
Norman Stenfalt ...
Pianist - Hickory Tree Band (uncredited)
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Young Army Officer at Committee Meeting (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger

Written by

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Nigel Balchin ... (novel)
 
Michael Powell ... (writer) &
Emeric Pressburger ... (writer)

Produced by

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George R. Busby ... assistant producer
Michael Powell ... producer
Emeric Pressburger ... producer
Anthony Bushell ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Brian Easdale

Cinematography by

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Christopher Challis

Film Editing by

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Clifford Turner

Editorial Department

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Reginald Mills ... supervising editor
Noreen Ackland ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Derek Armstrong ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Simpson ... assistant cutter (uncredited) / assistant editor (uncredited)
Frankie Taylor ... junior cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Madeleine Godar ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Hein Heckroth

Art Direction by

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John Hoesli

Costume Design by

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Josephine Boss

Makeup Department

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Peter Evans ... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Dorrie Hamilton ... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Iris Tilley ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sydney Streeter ... assistant director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Jack N. Green ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Archie Knowles ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ivor Beddoes ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Childs ... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Clements ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Harry Pottle ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dario Simoni ... set dresser (uncredited)
Pat Sladden ... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Wallis Smith ... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Charles Townsend ... production buyer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Alan Allen ... sound
W.H.O. Sweeney ... dubbing sound (as Bill Sweeny)
Peter Butcher ... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Meyers ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
George Stephenson ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Cyril Swern ... sound editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Freddie Francis ... camera operator
Anthony Hopking ... still photographer (uncredited)
Will Lee ... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jack Dalmayne ... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Arthur Skinner ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
May Walding ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Kenny Baker ... composer: night club scene music (as Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group)
Hubert Clifford ... musical director
Frederic Lewis ... composer: night club scene music (as Fred Lewis)

Other crew

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Doreen Merriman ... continuity (as Doreen North)
Gwladys Jenks ... production secretary (uncredited)
Vivienne Knight ... publicist (uncredited)
Marjorie Mein ... production department secretary (uncredited)
George Mills ... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Orme ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jean Osborne ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Hour of Glory (United States)
  • La mort apprivoisée (France)
  • O Seu Pior Inimigo (Portugal)
  • Camera mică din spate (Romania)
  • Малката задна стаичка (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 106 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia When Sammy and Susan are at the Hickory Tree nightclub, Susan spots Gillian, an old acquaintance, and asks Sammy to start talking, to avoid the meeting. Sammy starts, and then Susan joins in reciting the following lines: "I never nurs'd a dear gazelle / To glad me with its soft black eye / But when it came to know me well / And love me, it was sure to die." These lines are from the poem "Lalla Rookh" (in the section entitled "The Fire Worshipers") by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Martin Scorsese (1998). See more »
Soundtracks If You Were the Only Girl in the World See more »
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 »
Quotes Sammy Rice: I must have a drink. Ask me to have a drink woman.
Susan: Have a drink Sammy.
Sammy Rice: Whisky?
[Susan nods.]
Sammy Rice: No thanks Susan.
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