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The Unguarded Hour (1936)

An ambitious barrister and his wife are targeted by blackmailers. In trying to save her husband, the wife becomes involved in a murder case her husband is trying. For his part, the husband's actions make him a suspect in a related murder.

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play), Leon Gordon (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Lady Helen Dearden
Franchot Tone ... Sir Alan Dearden
Lewis Stone ... General Lawrence
Roland Young ... Bunny
Jessie Ralph ... Lady Hathaway
Dudley Digges ... Metford
Henry Daniell ... Hugh Lewis
Robert Greig ... Henderson
E.E. Clive ... Lord Hathaway
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Grainger
John Buckler John Buckler ... Defense Counsel
Aileen Pringle ... Diana Roggers
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An ambitious barrister and his wife are targeted by blackmailers. In trying to save her husband, the wife becomes involved in a murder case her husband is trying. For his part, the husband's actions make him a suspect in a related murder.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kein Alibi für den Staatsanwalt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 4, 1944 with Roland Young reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Sir Alan Dearden: Now look here, Bunny, you're a pretty good lawyer. At least, you would be if you hadn't so much money.
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Connections

Version of The Unguarded Hour (1955) See more »

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Like This Overall and Would Revisit
30 December 2012 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Just watched this one, though I've had it a while. Was surprised and pleased. It's interesting to see Ms. Young with this group of contract players, on loan from her home studio. Makes we wonder what MGM would have done with her had she been contracted there. As it is, she is her soft and sincere persona here, doing well enough with Tone. As for the plot line, I'm glad by reading other reviews to find that I'm not the only one left scratching my head at the rather abrupt wrap-up. The quick introduction of a trap at the 11th hour brought maybe a too swift resolution to this rather complex embroilment. As soon as milady misidentified the picture, I got lost and basically stayed that way. One viewer clue came when hubby requested to talk with his wife alone after his official confrontation, but one had to think back to that later trying to map out the circuitous route. Just too much came too fast and too pat. But, even Dame Agatha threw you a loop now and again; but not to the extent of this one. However, as it goes along, there's a prime treat in Roland Young, playing the impish, pleasingly inappropriate friend of the lead couple. He was so much fun.


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