CastRichard Barthelmess (Tony Mako), Ray Milland (Carl Barrett), Joe Morrison (Eddie), Gertrude Michael (Mrs. Sylvia Temple), Helen Mack (Helen), Dorothy Tree (Mae Danish) Release dateApril 11, 1935 (1935-04-11) Based onplay Small Miracle by Norman Krasna WriterNorman Krasna (play), Norman Krasna (screenplay) Similar moviesRichard Barthelmess appears in Four Hours to Kill! and A Modern Hero
Four Hours to Kill! is a 1935 American drama film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Richard Barthelmess.
Taft, a policeman, has fugitive murderer Tony Mako in custody and in handcuffs, two thousand miles from the prison from which Mako escaped. With four hours to kill, Taft takes his prisoner to a theater where the cop's wife, Mae, is a hostess.
Mae is an unfaithful schemer. She is trying to extort $200 from coat-check kid Eddie, insinuating she is pregnant. Eddie doesn't want his fiancee Helen to hear this, true or otherwise, so he tries to raise the money to pay Mae's blackmail. Eddie is also suspected of stealing an expensive piece of jewelry.
Mako made the journey this far in the hope of gaining revenge against Anderson, a man who informed on him. After telling Taft he would prefer a quick death to a painful execution, Mako breaks free and shoots Anderson before being shot by Taft, dying the kind of death he wanted. Eddie is cleared and now free to marry Helen, while Mae is taken away to jail.
Richard Barthelmess as Tony Mako
Joe Morrison as Eddie
Gertrude Michael as Mrs. Sylvia Temple
Helen Mack as Helen
Dorothy Tree as Mae Danish
Roscoe Karns as Johnson
Ray Milland as Carl Barrett
Charles C. Wilson as Taft
Henry Travers as Mac Mason
Noel Madison as Anderson
Paul Harvey as Capt. Seaver
Olive Tell as Mrs. Madison
Lee Kohlmar as Pa Herman
In 1944 Paramount Pictures announced it would create a new film adaptation of Small Miracle, the play that was the basis of Four Hours to Kill. Leisen was to direct the new version; Alan Ladd in the lead. The project was not realized.