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The Unguarded Hour (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 10 April 1936 (USA)
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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Bernard Merivale's adapted play opened in London, England, UK on 31 July 1935. See more »

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[at the Deardens' party, the guests are discussing the ongoing murder trial at which Sir Alan is the prosecuting attorney]
Lady Agatha Hathaway: My dear, I was at the trial today. Alan was thrilling! How he made that murderer squirm!
[she chooses an hors d'oeuvre from the tray offered by the waiter]
Lord Henry Hathaway: All the fellow did was to push his wife off a cliff.
Lady Agatha Hathaway: [as Lord Henry moves to take a canapé, Lady Agatha stops him] Henry!
[Sir Alan approaches]
Lady Agatha Hathaway: Oh, Alan, I was so proud of you today. How long will it take you to finish that ...
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Flat our fun...
7 January 2011 | by inspectorfernackSee all my reviews

There are many times that "The Unguarded Hour" feels like a stage play on film, but is that so bad? There are long scenes in which not much happens, but within which certain plot points are revealed. Is that so bad?

No. Not at all!

This movie sparkles. Roland Young puts in one of his best performances, particularly evinced by the "what if" scene in which he questions Tone over what happened on "the night in question."

Loretta Young is, well, young and alluring -- and she can flat out act, too.

And Henry Daniell is an absolutely perfect scoundrel. He doesn't overplay his part, but he is scary nonetheless.

This is a beautifully constructed film..with just the right "Tone."


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