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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)

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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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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 »

Company Credits

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

Hotel Maid: You ought to lay off the stuff if you can't take it. I bet that tongue of yours is feeling a bit bird-cagey this morning. I'm glad it doesn't belong to me.
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Crick Crack Beats
(uncredited)
Music by San Totis (i.e. Alexander Laszlo)
Alexander Productions
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Watchable British noir, derivative but involving
16 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE LOST HOURS is a fairly interesting and watchable small-time British thriller. This one has been noticeably modelled on the American film noir genre, and there's even an imported lead (Mark Stevens) to help make it feel like an American flick.

The storyline is a straightforward mystery about a pilot who's slipped a Mickey Finn one night and wakes up in the morning accused of murder and with no memory of the night's events. Luckily he has a few people willing to help him keep one step ahead of the police, and a gradual uncovering of the mystery follows.

Alongside Stevens, the film features the hard-working John Bentley, who gets to do something a little other than his stock hero type role. He's not very convincing in the part, though. Far better is the smouldering Dianne Foster, the femme fatale type, who really brings her rather racy screen moments to life with some heavily suggestive dialogue. There are cameos for the ubiquitous likes of Thora Hird, Ballard Berkeley, Duncan Lamont, and Sam Kydd. Altogether it's a familiar kind of picture, derivative but involving all the same.


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