The Dark Hour

Overview

The Dark Hour was based on The Last Trap, a mystery novel by Sinclair Gluck. The setting is one of those Old Dark Houses which proliferated in 1930s "B"-pictures. Elsa Carson (Irene Ware), mistress of the house, fears that her weird uncles intend to do her harm and calls in detectives Landis (Ray Walker) and Bernard (Berton Churchill) for protection. It isn't long before the two gumshoes come upon the body of Elsa's Uncle Henry (William V. Vong), who appears to have been starved to death (in less than 24 hours!) ...
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Overview

The Dark Hour was based on The Last Trap, a mystery novel by Sinclair Gluck. The setting is one of those Old Dark Houses which proliferated in 1930s "B"-pictures. Elsa Carson (Irene Ware), mistress of the house, fears that her weird uncles intend to do her harm and calls in detectives Landis (Ray Walker) and Bernard (Berton Churchill) for protection. It isn't long before the two gumshoes come upon the body of Elsa's Uncle Henry (William V. Vong), who appears to have been starved to death (in less than 24 hours!) The gathered suspects are unable to account for their movements at the time of the murder, making our heroes' job doubly difficult. For a while, it looks as though the butler did it (honest!), but Landis believes that the killer is someone less suspicious. He's right -- but to reveal more would be to reveal all. The scenes in which the murderer stalks about the mansion in female drag are unforgettably bizarre.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
They made loads of "old dark house" mysteries like The Dark Hour on poverty row in the 1930s. Filmed on rented sets with casts of has-beens and unknowns, such productions were cheap and quick and demanded little from either makers or the target audience of unsophisticated small-towners. A Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corp. release featuring Irene Ware and Ray Walker, a former Miss America and a poor-man's Lee Tracy, respectively, The Dark Hour is neither the worst nor the best of its kind and is today probably more notable for a late screen appearance of soon-to-be gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Devoid of her trademark millinery, Miss Hopper is otherwise her usual snobbish self as one of the suspects in the case.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • UPC: 089218435897
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 72,534

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Walker Jim Landis
Irene Ware Elsa Carson
Berton Churchill Paul Bernard
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Tallman
Hobart Bosworth Charles Carson
E.E. Clive Foot
William V. Mong Henry Carson
Harold Goodwin Blake
Aggie Herring Mrs. Dubbin
Kathrun Sheldon Helen Smith
Rose Allen Mrs. Murphy
Miki Morita Choong
Lloyd Whitlock Dr. Bruce
Fred Kelsey Watson
John St. Polis Dr. Munro
Harry Strang Policeman
Technical Credits
Charles Lamont Director
Ewart Adamson Screenwriter
M.A. Andersen Cinematographer
M.A. Anderson Cinematographer
George R. Batcheller Producer
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Roland D. Reed Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:17]
2. Chapter 2 [9:36]
3. Chapter 3 [9:28]
4. Chapter 4 [11:30]
5. Chapter 5 [10:52]
6. Chapter 6 [18:31]
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