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Count the Hours
     

Count the Hours

Director: Don Siegel, Teresa Wright, MacDonald Carey, Dolores Moran

Cast: Don Siegel, Teresa Wright, MacDonald Carey, Dolores Moran

 
Director Don Siegel keeps the events in Count the Hours moving so quickly that no one has time to ponder the film's huge lapses in logic. MacDonald Carey stars as a defense attorney Doug Madison who races against time to save migrant ranchhand George Braden (John Craven) from execution. While Madison tells himself that his motives are altruistic, there are

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Director Don Siegel keeps the events in Count the Hours moving so quickly that no one has time to ponder the film's huge lapses in logic. MacDonald Carey stars as a defense attorney Doug Madison who races against time to save migrant ranchhand George Braden (John Craven) from execution. While Madison tells himself that his motives are altruistic, there are those who believe that the lawyer has designs on Braden's wife, Ellen (Teresa Wright). Sacrificing everything in the pursuit of justice, Madison finally finds the crucial evidence that will free his client--if he can deliver the goods, and the actual murderer, before the switch is thrown in the death house. Produced by Benedict Bogeaus, whose wife Dolores Moran plays a supporting role, Count the Hours was somewhat pointlessly retitled Every Hour Counts when released in England.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Count the Hours looks like a much better film than it actually is, thanks to the contributions of director Don Siegel and cinematographer John Alton. Though made on a budget that may have limited their ability to experiment, Siegel and Alton keep finding ways of framing shots, of placing props, and of inserting angles that give a life to Hours that is sadly lacking in its screenplay. Indeed, had Hours had a screenplay that was simply average, then end result would have been a good, if not great, little courtroom thriller. Unfortunately, Karen de Wolf and Doane Hoag's screenplay is simply poor; the dialogue is stilted and lifeless, which certainly damages the courtroom scenes. More of a problem, however, is the fact that the story is simply unbelievable. It's poorly motivated and asks the viewer to accept too many lapses in logic. Under the circumstances, there's only so much that the players can do. Teresa Wright is sturdy as always and a pleasure to watch, but she's given nothing especially challenging to do. MacDonald Carey is fine, if a bit colorless, but John Craven is weak. If Siegel and Alton can't make a winner of Hours, they at least help make it much more watchable it really should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2016
UPC:
0888574409593
Original Release:
1953
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
13,924

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Disc #1 -- Count the Hours
1. Chapter 1 [9:16]
2. Chapter 2 [8:18]
3. Chapter 3 [8:42]
4. Chapter 4 [9:46]
5. Chapter 5 [6:39]
6. Chapter 6 [9:20]
7. Chapter 7 [9:10]
8. Chapter 8 [8:29]
9. Chapter 9 [4:38]
10. Chapter 10 [:08]

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