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Summer Flight (1963)

Stolen Hours (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 October 1963 (USA)
Mike, a famed racing driver and an old flame of hers, is worried that Laura may be ill. Tricking her into a doctor's examination, she discovers she is; a brain operation to remove a tumor ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Petrie (as Daniel M. Petrie)

Writers:

George Emerson Brewer Jr. (play), Bertram Bloch (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Laura Pember
Michael Craig ... Dr. John Carmody
Diane Baker ... Ellen
Edward Judd ... Mike Bannerman
Paul Rogers ... Dr. Eric McKenzie
Robert Bacon Robert Bacon ... Peter
Paul Stassino ... Dalporto
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Colonel
Ellen McIntosh Ellen McIntosh ... Miss Kendall
Gwen Nelson ... Hospital Sister
Peter Madden ... Reynolds
Joan Young Joan Young
Joan Newell Joan Newell ... Mrs. Hewitt
Chet Baker ... Himself
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Mike, a famed racing driver and an old flame of hers, is worried that Laura may be ill. Tricking her into a doctor's examination, she discovers she is; a brain operation to remove a tumor is performed and her symptoms disappear. All isn't well, however, but she is unaware of it, and she and her doctor fall in love. Finding out she is not actually cured, Laura renounces her new love and goes back to her old "jet-set" ways wasting the time she has left until a racing accident shows her how important the hours she has left are. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Do you know what they say about Laura Pember...? They say she uses men like pep-up pills!

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Flight See more »

Filming Locations:

Fowey, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Also titled "Stolen Hours" See more »

Goofs

In the garden scene with Laura, her sister Ellen, Mike & John, Ellen and Mike have a scene where they are looking at Laura and they move closely together, almost touching. The camera immediately changes to a distance shot with all four people in it, and now Ellen and Mark area almost 2 feet apart. See more »

Connections

Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Dark Victory (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Stolen Hours
Music by Mort Lindsey
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn Keith) and Alan Bergman
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A ironic foreshadowing
15 March 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

In an eerie foreshadowing of her own fate Susan Hayward plays a wealthy socialite with a fatal brain tumor in this reworking of Dark Victory.

The original is far superior but this has a lush production and some breath taking scenery of the Cornish coast, so beautiful you'll want to hop a plane and move there by the end of the picture, to recommend it.

Susie's customary strong performance is also a highlight but she doesn't get as deeply under the skin of the character of Laura Pember as Bette Davis did with Judith Traherne in the original.

Director Petrie doesn't have the artistic sensibilities of the original's Edmund Goulding so a certain tortured romantic feeling that was an underlying factor of the first film is missing from this.

Still for fans of Miss Hayward or plush dramas of the 50's-60's era this is an enjoyable way to pass a few hours.

In another ironic twist of fate Susan's next film was the tawdry but deeply satisfying Where Love Has Gone co-starring Bette Davis who was not pleased that Hayward had remade her personal favorite of her films. Bette stated before production had even begun "Some pictures SHOULDN'T be remade!!" surely stabbing the air with her omnipresent cigarette for emphasis. The two were cordial at the commencement of filming but soon set to squabbling over plot points and ended up more or less mortal enemies by the time the film was completed.


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