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The Witching Hour (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | 26 April 1934 (USA)
Jack Brookfield, a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne, Thorne kills an ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Salisbury Field, Augustus Thomas (play) (as Augustus E. Thomas) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Standing ... Judge Martin Prentice (as Sir Guy Standing)
John Halliday ... Jack Brookfield
William Frawley ... Jury Foreman
Judith Allen ... Nancy Brookfield
Tom Brown ... Clay Thorne
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Helen Thorne
Richard Carle ... Lew Ellinger
Ralf Harolde ... Frank Hardmuth
Purnell Pratt ... District Attorney Robinson
Frank Sheridan ... Police Chief
Gertrude Michael ... Margaret Price
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Dr. von Strohn
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Jack Brookfield, a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne, Thorne kills an enemy of Brookfield's while under a trance. No one believes Brookfield's protestations that Thorne is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with retired lawyer Martin Prentice in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Motivet ubekendt See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Remake of The Witching Hour (1916) See more »

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If you can suspend disbelief, you'll enjoy this one...
16 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Provided you understand that what happens is impossible AND you can suspend disbelief, then you'll enjoy the film. All I know is that with all the training I've had in hypnotherapy, I would sure use these powers for evil if they worked like they did in the movie!!

Jack Brookfield (John Halliday) has an amazing ability to read people's thoughts and also has a very strong and forceful personality. Without realizing it, he hypnotizes a young man and Brookfield's hatred of another man gets the hypnotized guy to commit murder to please Brookfield! It's a bit odd...and the second half is all about the court case which follows.

The film is very original and interesting. Just understand that you cannot project your thoughts onto others to get them to kill...believe me, I have tried!


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