Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)

64 mins | Drama | 3 March 1939

Director:

Lew Landers

Writer:

John Twist

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

Harry Marker

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Feb 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Mar 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 38
pp. 4-5.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 39
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Feb 39
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Dec 38
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Feb 39
p. 43.
New York Times
24 Feb 39
p. 15.
Variety
1 Mar 39
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod executive
WRITERS
Story
Story
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 March 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 24 February 1939
Production Date:
began late November 1938
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
3 March 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8774
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4915
SYNOPSIS

Newspaper reporter Nick Green tries to save sweetheart Paula Sanders' brother Dave from a murder charge, for he knows that the guilty party is George Costain, the leader of a policy game racket. Nick runs into Costain getting off a train with a satchel of the day's policy receipts, which he has recovered from Jerry Miller, one of his lieutenants who was trying to steal it. Inside the train compartment, Jerry lies dead, and although Nick suspects Costain of the crime, he is unable to prove it. Nick then steals the satchel, which sparks a game of wits between the gang boss and the reporter. Inspector Joe Keller also mixes in, as he is sore at Nick for giving "bum steer" in an effort to save Dave. Costain finally captures Paula and Nick and takes them to his nightclub, where Nick cleverly stalls for time, knowing that as soon as the gangster finds out where the satchel is hidden, his life will not be worth a nickel. Nick finally tricks Costain into going to his apartment, where Paula shoots the gang boss and his henchmen spirit him away. In the ensuing chase, with the inspector on their heels, the gangsters are wiped out and Dave is exonerated of ... +


Newspaper reporter Nick Green tries to save sweetheart Paula Sanders' brother Dave from a murder charge, for he knows that the guilty party is George Costain, the leader of a policy game racket. Nick runs into Costain getting off a train with a satchel of the day's policy receipts, which he has recovered from Jerry Miller, one of his lieutenants who was trying to steal it. Inside the train compartment, Jerry lies dead, and although Nick suspects Costain of the crime, he is unable to prove it. Nick then steals the satchel, which sparks a game of wits between the gang boss and the reporter. Inspector Joe Keller also mixes in, as he is sore at Nick for giving "bum steer" in an effort to save Dave. Costain finally captures Paula and Nick and takes them to his nightclub, where Nick cleverly stalls for time, knowing that as soon as the gangster finds out where the satchel is hidden, his life will not be worth a nickel. Nick finally tricks Costain into going to his apartment, where Paula shoots the gang boss and his henchmen spirit him away. In the ensuing chase, with the inspector on their heels, the gangsters are wiped out and Dave is exonerated of murder. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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