GenreCrime, Mystery, Romance Running time1h 20m CountryUnited States
Release date1952 WriterPhilip MacDonald (novel), Leon Gordon, Howard Emmett Rogers ScreenplayLeon Gordon, Howard Emmett Rogers CastPeter Lawford (Nicholas Revel), Dawn Addams (Jane Frensham), Roland Culver (Connor), Michael Hordern (Sir Herbert Frensham), Derek Bond (Sir Christopher Lenhurst), Leslie Dwyer (Ernie Perker) Similar moviesLondon by Night (1937), The Bishop Murder Case (1930), Calling Philo Vance (1940), Star of Midnight (1935), Crime Doctors Warning (1945)
The Hour of 13 is a 1952 British historical mystery film directed by Harold French and starring Peter Lawford, Dawn Addams and Roland Culver. It was made at Elstree Studios by the British subsidiary of MGM. The film's sets were designed by the German-born art director Alfred Junge.
It is of the Jack The Ripper school with a period setting in gaslit London, but this time the mysterious killer is The Terror who is murdering policemen. Lawford plays the handsome gentleman thief Nicholas Revel who gets himself involved in the murders, and the theft of a valuable emerald. The treatment is seldom serious yet is smartly resolved with a supporting cast of British stalwarts.
According to MGM records the movie earned $344,000 in the US and Canada and $412,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $424,000.