The Stolen Hours

Overview

Stolen Hours is the overlong, overglamorized 1963 remake of the 1939 Bette Davis vehicle Dark Victory. Susan Hayward plays a rich, neurotic socialite who discovers that she only has a year to live. Acting resentfully at first--especially towards handsome doctor Michael Craig, who withheld this information from her "for her own good"--Hayward eventually adopts a philosophical attitude towards her fate. By the time she begins slipping into "that undiscovered uncountry," Hayward is practically a candidate for ...
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Overview

Stolen Hours is the overlong, overglamorized 1963 remake of the 1939 Bette Davis vehicle Dark Victory. Susan Hayward plays a rich, neurotic socialite who discovers that she only has a year to live. Acting resentfully at first--especially towards handsome doctor Michael Craig, who withheld this information from her "for her own good"--Hayward eventually adopts a philosophical attitude towards her fate. By the time she begins slipping into "that undiscovered uncountry," Hayward is practically a candidate for sainthood. A plot device not utilized in the original involves Hayward's virtual adoption of a young boy Robert Bacon, who is neglected by his own mother. Novelist Jessamyn West and playwright Joseph Hayes did their best to "contemporize" the outdated elements of the original Dark Victory, even unto having Susan Hayward learn to dance the Twist! Stolen Hours was filmed in England, affording us lovely Technicolor glimpses of the Cornish coast.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Stolen Hours is a perfectly respectable tearjerker, and those who have not experienced the far superior Dark Victory are likely to find it quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, for those familiar with Victory, the shadow of the earlier film haunts every frame of the remake, getting in the way of enjoying the film on its own terms. This extends even to the very fine acting of star Susan Hayward. She gives an all-out, affecting performance, full of the flash and fire that Hayward is noted for, as well as the vulnerability that liked to fight its way out from beneath all of the bluster. But as fine as her work is, it's not in the same league as that of Victory's Bette Davis, who achieved one of her career highlights in the original. Stolen also is a victim of time; by 1963, society and culture were changing, and "old time" Hollywood projects like this were often filmed with the hint that their makers just didn't quite believe in the material any more. Stolen also doesn't develop its supporting players enough, and while Michael Craig is good, he's still a bit stiff. Stolen does have a delicious, glossy look (and an overabundance of costume changes for Hayward), and there's some gorgeous scenery as well; this and Hayward's star presence make Stolen more than watchable, if less than classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2011
  • UPC: 883904241751
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,609

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Laura Pember
Mikey Craig Dr. John Carmody
Diane Baker Ellen Pember
Edward Judd Mike Bannerman
Paul Rogers Dr. Eric McKenzie
Robert Bacon Peter
Paul Stassino Dalporto
Jerry Desmonde Colonel
Ellen McIntosh Miss Kendall
Gwen Nelson Hospital Sister
Peter Madden Reynolds
Joan Newell Mrs. Hewitt
Chet Baker Himself
Marianne Stone
Technical Credits
Daniel Petrie Director
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Fabiani Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Hayes Screenwriter
John Hoesli Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Holt Producer
Marilyn Keith Songwriter
Mort Lindsey Score Composer, Songwriter
George Partleton Makeup
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Graham Shipham Editor
Harry Waxman Cinematographer
Jessamyn West Screenwriter
Tony Woollard Art Director
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