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The Big Frame (1952)

The Lost Hours (original title)
During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange ... See full summary »

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David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay), Steve Fisher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stevens ... Paul Smith
Jean Kent ... Louise Parker
Garry Marsh ... Inspector Foster
John Bentley John Bentley ... Clark Sutton
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... John Parker
Leslie Perrins ... Doctor Morrison
Dianne Foster ... Dianne Wrigley
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Tom Wrigley
Duncan Lamont ... Bristow
John Horsley ... Brown
John Harvey John Harvey ... Peters
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Sergeant Roper
Thora Hird ... Hotel Maid
Ballard Berkeley ... Doctor
Sam Kydd ... Fred - mechanic at Bristow & Brown
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Storyline

During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange hotel room with blood on his suit, and can't remember how he got there. Then he discovers that the friend he fought with the night before has been murdered, and he is a prime suspect. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Six Blacked-Out Hours That Branded Him KILLER!

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Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Frame See more »

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Production Co:

Tempean Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Insp. Foster: Looks like an open-and-shut case, I hope.
Det. Sgt. Roper: So do I. I want some sleep.
Insp. Foster: You'll get plenty of that when you're dead.
Det. Sgt. Roper: It'll be too late then.
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Crick Crack Beats
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Music by San Totis (i.e. Alexander Laszlo)
Alexander Productions
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Enjoyable and rather obscure British crime drama
20 March 2006 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I've recently managed to get hold of a copy of The Lost Hours and found it quite good.

At an RAF reunion, an American pilot drinks a spiked drink and wakes up the following morning with blood on his suit. There was a fight at the party which has killed one of the men and the pilot becomes the chief suspect due to the blood on his suit. He's actually been set up. More murders then take place and as always with these movies, the killer is the least person you would expect...

Despite the low budget, The Lost Hours is quite atmospheric at times, especially the night scenes.

The cast includes Mark Stevens, Jean Kent (The Haunted Strangler) and John Bentley. The supporting cast includes well known British stars like Duncan Lamont (Frankenstein Created Woman, Quatermass and the Pit), a young Thora Hird (Last Of the Summer Wine) and Sam Kydd (Island of Terror).

The Lost Hours is worth watching if you are lucky to catch it.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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