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Four Hours to Kill! (1935)

A detective who has "four hours to kill" before delivering his prisoner, an escaped killer, spends the time in the lobby of a Broadway theater where a musical is playing. The film focuses ... See full summary »

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Norman Krasna (play), Norman Krasna (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Barthelmess ... Tony Mako
Joe Morrison ... Eddie
Gertrude Michael ... Mrs. Sylvia Temple
Helen Mack ... Helen
Dorothy Tree ... Mae Danish
Roscoe Karns ... Johnson
Ray Milland ... Carl Barrett
Charles C. Wilson ... Taft
Henry Travers ... Mac Mason
Noel Madison ... Anderson
Paul Harvey ... Capt. Seaver
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Madison
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Pa Herman
Bodil Rosing ... Ma
Lois Kent Lois Kent ... Little Girl
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A detective who has "four hours to kill" before delivering his prisoner, an escaped killer, spends the time in the lobby of a Broadway theater where a musical is playing. The film focuses on the relationship between the two men, and also between various characters in the theater audience, staff and cast. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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theater | murder | based on play | See All (3) »

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A killer, bound for the gallows, breaks loose in a Broadway theatre! (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Rochester Penna.)) 3 June 1935)

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Trivia

Paramount Pictures production numbers 1545 and 1041 (for New York and Hollywood offices). See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Make a Night of It
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Well done...and it is bit like "Grand Hotel"!
1 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed one of the reviewers said this film is a lot like "Grand Hotel" and I agree. Like this famous MGM movie, "Four Hours to Kill!" is a film with several stories that are interwoven together. What ties them all together is the location but instead of a hotel the setting is a theater.

When the film begins, a police officer is supposed to take an escaped prisoner, Mako (Richard Barthelmess), back to prison but they missed the train. So, with four hours to kill, he takes the handcuffed prisoner with him to the theater. In the meantime, you see several other stories unfold including one about Eddie and a woman trying to extort money out of him for breach of promise, a nasty cad (Ray Milland) meeting a married woman as well as a nervous guy (Roscoe Karnes) waiting in the theater as his wife is nearby in labor.

All of the stories are interesting and the acting quite nice--particularly by Barthelmess. I had a hard time imagining this nice-guy actor playing a thug but he and his accent were quite convincing. All in all, the film is entertaining, well written and one of the better pictures of the day. Not quite a "Grand Hotel" but still quite nice. My only apprehension is the Police Captain-- his character and the acting for him were poor and unconvincing....but this is only a minor quibble.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Drama See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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