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The Shining Hour (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 November 1938 (USA)
A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Ogden Nash (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Olivia Riley
Margaret Sullavan ... Judy Linden
Robert Young ... David Linden
Melvyn Douglas ... Henry Linden
Fay Bainter ... Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn ... Roger Q. Franklin
Hattie McDaniel ... Belvedere
Oscar O'Shea ... Charlie Collins
Frank Albertson ... Benny Collins
Harry Barris ... Bertie
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A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Proibida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hannah quotes from Proverbs 26:xxvii: "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein." See more »

Quotes

Hannah Linden: Coffee, David?
David Linden: I don't want any.
Hannah Linden: You should. You've had no sleep.
David Linden: I'm quite aware of that, Hannah. I don't want any coffee. I tell ya I don't want any!
Hannah Linden: David!
David Linden: Oh stop Daviding me. Minding other people's business. That's what's wrong with you, you haven't enough of your own. Well I'll give you some!
[picks coffee cup up and smashes it on the floor]
David Linden: There, get busy with that. Lots of little pieces, Hannah, just for you. Try to put them together again. We'll all be busy doing that!
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Connections

Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, No. 2
(1846-47) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played at the nightclub for specialty dance by Joan Crawford and Tony De Marco
Reprised by Robert Young on piano; also played by him in a jazzy version
Incorporated as part of the score
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Surprisingly articulate melodrama
13 November 2000 | by kinolieberSee all my reviews

Everybody in this film talks about their feelings (or lack of feelings) in surprisingly articulate ways. The dialogue crackles and the actors are all in top form. Crawford and Sullavan have the best moments, but Douglas, Young and Bainter all create believable characters, too. Not a great film, but an interesting sexual, social and moral snapshot of the era. A must for admirers of Borzage and/or Margaret Sullavan.


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