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Count the Hours! (1953)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 April 1953 (USA)
Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of two murders.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Doane R. Hoag (screenplay), Karen DeWolf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Teresa Wright ... Ellen Braden
Macdonald Carey ... Doug Madison
Dolores Moran ... Paula Mitchener
Adele Mara ... Gracie Sager, Max Verne's Girlfriend
Edgar Barrier ... Dist. Atty. Jim Gillespie
John Craven ... George Braden
Jack Elam ... Max Verne
Ralph Sanford ... Alvin Taylor
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The midnight murder of a rancher and his wife leaves circumstantial evidence pointing the finger of guilt toward a married couple, George Braden and his wife Ellen, who live and work on the ranch. George confesses to the killings in order to free his wife from hours of grilling by the police. Despite the best efforts of his defense attorney, Doug Madison , George gets the death penalty. Sunsequent events, and his sympathy for Ellen convince Doug that George is innocent, but he must find the real murderer to prove it. His manhunt leads to a former hired hand, Max Verne. With the help of the latter's greedy girlfriend, Gracie Sanger, Max is found and admits to the killings. But when a hearing is held, a psychiatrist pronounces him unsound of mind, but harmless, and the judge sets him free. After the Governor rejects Doug's pleas for an appeal for George, the townspeople turn against him, and his fiancée, Paula Mitchener), misconstrues his association with Ellen and breaks their ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Strange things happen in the night! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Life and Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Director of Photography John Alton agreed to do this movie, he asked Producer Benedict Bogeaus how much he had budgeted for rigging, the system of overhead pipes, brackets, ropes, and cables that suspends lights over a film set. Bogeaus told him four thousand dollars. "Give me two thousand dollars above my salary and I won't use any rigging", Alton said. He did it by using almost no overhead lighting at all, contributing to the film's rich visual atmosphere. See more »

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The screen shows a newspaper article stating that George Braden is about to go on trial for the murder of Fred Morgan. However, two people were killed, so both names should have been given. See more »

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Crime in the country
17 March 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The great director who would make " invasion of the body snatchers" "the killers" "the beguiled" and even Elvis' best ("flaming star") is already present;his flair for film noir and for disturbing atmosphere is glaring in the scene in which the diver tries to rape T. Wright:the way Siegel films his eyes is absolutely terrifying ;ditto for the scenes when the lawyer looks for the former employee;oddly Siegel does not seem to very interested in T.Wright's character and the last scenes are given over to Dolores Moran and Adele Mara,who are relatively obscured thespians compared to the star of "shadow a doubt" and Wyler's war movies.

However,the movie is absorbing and a must for suspense buffs.

Like this ?try these

"phantom lady" (Robert Siodmak,1944)

"time without pity" (Joseph Losey ,1956)

"they won't forget " (Mervyn LeRoy,1937)


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