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Director  Mitchell Leisen
Producer  Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Cinematography  Theodor Sparkuhl
Duration  
Language  English
Four Hours to Kill! movie poster
Cast  Richard Barthelmess (Tony Mako), Ray Milland (Carl Barrett), Joe Morrison (Eddie), Gertrude Michael (Mrs. Sylvia Temple), Helen Mack (Helen), Dorothy Tree (Mae Danish)
Release date  April 11, 1935 (1935-04-11)
Based on  play Small Miracle by Norman Krasna
Writer  Norman Krasna (play), Norman Krasna (screenplay)
Similar movies  Richard 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.

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Plot

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Proposed remake

    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.

    References

    Four Hours to Kill! Wikipedia
    Four Hours to Kill! IMDb Four Hours to Kill! themoviedb.org


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