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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.


Harold French


Leon Gordon (screen play), Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) | 1 more credit »




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'


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, amongst them the daughter, Jane Frensham (Dawn Addams), of the head of Scotland Yard, Sir Herbert Frensham (Sir 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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One more murder to complete the deadly "T"... was she next? See more »


Crime | Mystery | Romance


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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $424,000 according to studio records. See more »


[last lines]
Connor: [to the cabbie] Scotland Yard please, cabbie.
Nicholas Revel: You know, the way you say that, Mr. Connor, it could almost be the Ritz.
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A fun film that does credit to the B category
20 September 2009 | by bill-790See all my reviews

Just saw this film for the first time since it's release in 1952. I was 10 years old then and quite enjoyed it. I must say that it has held up pretty well. No great entry in the Victorian, foggy street mystery genre, but it keeps ones interest throughout.

This movie, by the way, was shot in MGM's British studio and features a fine line up of English actors who turn in typically solid performances.

One more thing: this was by no means one of MGM's major productions for 1952. In fact, it pretty much qualifies as a B movie (except for running time); that is, a second, and cheaper, feature on a double bill. By 1952, the traditional B movie (as opposed to pictures that merely had lower budgets than the headlining A efforts) had just about disappeared. Soon, virtually all movies could be classed as A pictures, with the possible exception of the shoestring productions by little companies that often ended up at the local drive-in.

My point is this: studios such as MGM, when they consciously turned out the 60-65 minute movies that were shot in a couple of weeks at most, still maintained a fairly high standard of quality. One can think of the Val Lewton horror films at RKO-Radio Pictures or. . . well, or "The Hour of 13!"

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English | French

Release Date:

21 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sign of the Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$873,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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