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The Scarlet Hour (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1956 (USA)
An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Alford Van Ronkel (screenplay) (as Rip Van Ronkel), Frank Tashlin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Ohmart ... Pauline 'Paulie' Nevins
Tom Tryon ... E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall
Jody Lawrance ... Kathy Stevens
James Gregory ... Ralph Nevins
Elaine Stritch ... Phyllis Rycker
E.G. Marshall ... Lt. Jennings
Edward Binns ... Sgt. Allen
David Lewis ... Dr. Sam Lynbury
Billy Gray ... Tom Rycker
Jacques Aubuchon ... Fat Boy
Scott Marlowe ... Vince
Johnstone White ... Tom Raymond
James Stone James Stone ... Dean Franklin (as James F. Stone)
Maureen Hurley Maureen Hurley ... Mrs. Lynbury
James Todd James Todd ... Inspector Paley
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In Los Angeles, salesman E.V. 'Marsh' Marshall works for wealthy real-estate developer Ralph Nevins. In his spare time he sleeps with his boss' wife, Pauline Nevins. She was saved from poverty by Ralph when they married but Ralph is much older than her and she hates him. Of course, she loves his money and that's why she doesn't leave him for the much younger office hunk Marsh. Despite the secret affair, Marsh respects his boss who gives him promotions and praises. Nevertheless, he would elope with his boss' wife but she wouldn't hear of it. Love is one thing but a return to a life without luxuries is another. At the office, Ralph Nevins' secretary, young Kathy Stevens, secretly loves office beau Marsh but she is too shy to reveal her feelings. She would later play a crucial role in a murder investigation involving the main characters. During one of their secret interludes under the moon, Marsh and Pauline Nevins witness a discussion between three shady men who are planning to steal ... Written by nufs68

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Another Dramatic Hit From Academy Award Director Michael Curtiz!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kiss-Off See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After a few appearances on television, this was the film debut of Carol Ohmart. See more »

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Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Let Me Go
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
(a Capitol Recording Artist)
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Nifty and rare little noirish drama
19 November 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Carol Ohmart and Tom Tryon are having a little rendezvous on a deserted road, when they overhear three guys plotting to knock over a house and steal $350,000 worth of jewelry. Since Ohmart is trying to ditch her husband (James Gregory), she eventually concocts a plan to rob the burglars, and suckers Tryon into it. The plan almost comes off … except that Gregory suspects the two are getting it on, and follows them. Tryon holds up the burglars, but as he makes his escape, the two burglars fire at him. Meanwhile, as Ohmart waits for Tryon in the getaway car, Gregory confronts her. Ohmart shoots him, and lets Tryon think the burglars hit him by accident. Of course, things slowly unravel from there, and there is also a neat twist involving the owner of the jewels.

There is some talent involved – Michael Curtiz directed, and keeps the pace moving fairly well. The supporting cast is good, and features Elaine Stritch as Ohmart's friend, and E. G. Marshall and Edward Binns as a couple of detectives. Richard Deacon has a bit as a jeweler. David Lewis (who played Edward Quartermaine for so many years on "General Hospital") makes his film debut. As a bonus, Nat King Cole appears and sings "Never Let Me Go." Tryon is acceptable in his role, but that's about it. Ohmart, who was wonderfully treacherous as Vincent Price's wife in House on Haunted Hill, looks great, but her voice is a little too monotone to suit me.

One of the screenwriters is billed as Rip Van Ronkel. Apparently he didn't want to use his real name, Rupert Stiltskin.


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