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The Hour of 13 (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 21 November 1952 (USA)
A jewel thief tries to mislead police who suspect that his theft of a valuable emerald is related to the serial murder of eleven policemen.

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Harold French

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (novel), Leon Gordon | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lawford ... Nicholas Revel
Dawn Addams ... Jane Frensham
Roland Culver ... Connor
Derek Bond ... Sir Christopher Lenhurst
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Ernie Perker
Michael Hordern ... Sir Herbert Frensham
Colin Gordon ... MacStreet
Heather Thatcher ... Mrs. Chumley Orr
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Ford
Campbell Cotts Campbell Cotts ... Mr. Chumley Orr
Fabia Drake ... Lady Elmbridge
Michael Goodliffe ... Anderson
Moultrie Kelsall ... Magistrate of Court
Peter Copley ... Cummings
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... The 'Terror'
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Nicholas Revel (Peter Lawford) is a young man any dowager in London welcomes to her parties. He has taking ways, and the Calgurie Emerald is one of the things he takes. This daring theft brings unexpected complications, among them the daughter, Jane Frensham (Dawn Addams), of the head of Scotland Yard, Sir Herbert Frensham (Michael Hordern)...and a maniacal killer loose in London. Revel sets a trap for the madman, with himself as bait, in a fog-shrouded stalk where one of them has to die. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sign of the Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$873,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Nicholas Revel: [to Ernie] The safest place in the world is a crowd.
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Improbable, Mildly Entertaining Victorian Thriller.
21 June 2002 | by ThalbergSee all my reviews

Peter Lawford stars as Nicholas Revel, a jewel thief who is mistaken for a serial killer of London police officers. To clear himself, Revel has to catch the real killer. An improbably plotted, cliche-ridden, mildly entertaining mystery with Lawford as his usual handsome, debonair, bland self. Not much action except for an effective fight between Revel and the murderer at the film's climax. The cast wanders through a foggy, gaslit studio set that looks like it was left over from a Sherlock Holmes film. This sort of story has been done worse, but it has been done better, too. Mostly it has been done too often.


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