One Hour to Live (1939)

61 mins | Drama | 10 November 1939

Director:

Harold Schuster

Writer:

Roy Chanslor

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Edward Curtiss

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Before Our Eyes . According to a news item in HR , Universal borrowed actor John Litel from Warner Bros. for this ... More Less

The working title of this film was Before Our Eyes . According to a news item in HR , Universal borrowed actor John Litel from Warner Bros. for this picture. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Nov 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Nov 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 39
p. 1, pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Aug 39
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Nov 39
p. 42.
New York Times
4 Nov 39
p. 11.
Variety
8 Nov 39
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
[Sd] tech
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Before Our Eyes
Release Date:
10 November 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 November 1939
Production Date:
17 July--late July 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 September 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9109
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5611
SYNOPSIS

Sid Brady, the chief of police detectives, arrests gangster Rudolph Spain for murder on the day that the criminal marries Muriel Vance. Because Muriel had recently jilted Sid to marry Spain, the arrest generates malicious gossip regarding the detective's motives. When Spain is sprung from jail immediately following his arrest, Sid becomes suspicious. Sid's suspicions intensify when his right-hand man, Jimmy March, is run down by a taxi after he undertakes an investigation of the crooked fight rackets and related death of boxer Tiger Renoir. The accident was really a murder attempt on Jimmy's life, and when Jimmy survives the mishap, he visits Spain and announces that he can identify Tiger's murderer. As Jimmy threatens Spain, the gangster receives a phone call from the chief of the crime ring, ordering Jimmy's execution. Riki, Tiger's twin brother and Spain's valet, overhears the call, and Jimmy is killed. When Muriel realizes that her husband is a murderer, she tries to leave him, but he knocks her unconscious. Soon afterward, Sid appears and forces a confession from Spain, but when the gangster pulls Muriel's gun on him, Sid is forced to shoot him in the line of duty. Spain's confession convinces Sid that there is someone in a powerful position involved with the gangster, and he enlists Riki's aid in identifying the voice that he heard over the phone. Returning to the station house, Sid keeps silent about the shooting and is assigned to Spain's murder case. Finding Muriel's fingerprints on the gun, Sid accuses her of murder, and after ordering her arrest, he notifies police commissioner Cromwell that the arrest is really a ... +


Sid Brady, the chief of police detectives, arrests gangster Rudolph Spain for murder on the day that the criminal marries Muriel Vance. Because Muriel had recently jilted Sid to marry Spain, the arrest generates malicious gossip regarding the detective's motives. When Spain is sprung from jail immediately following his arrest, Sid becomes suspicious. Sid's suspicions intensify when his right-hand man, Jimmy March, is run down by a taxi after he undertakes an investigation of the crooked fight rackets and related death of boxer Tiger Renoir. The accident was really a murder attempt on Jimmy's life, and when Jimmy survives the mishap, he visits Spain and announces that he can identify Tiger's murderer. As Jimmy threatens Spain, the gangster receives a phone call from the chief of the crime ring, ordering Jimmy's execution. Riki, Tiger's twin brother and Spain's valet, overhears the call, and Jimmy is killed. When Muriel realizes that her husband is a murderer, she tries to leave him, but he knocks her unconscious. Soon afterward, Sid appears and forces a confession from Spain, but when the gangster pulls Muriel's gun on him, Sid is forced to shoot him in the line of duty. Spain's confession convinces Sid that there is someone in a powerful position involved with the gangster, and he enlists Riki's aid in identifying the voice that he heard over the phone. Returning to the station house, Sid keeps silent about the shooting and is assigned to Spain's murder case. Finding Muriel's fingerprints on the gun, Sid accuses her of murder, and after ordering her arrest, he notifies police commissioner Cromwell that the arrest is really a set-up to coerce Muriel into revealing who the power is behind Spain. After Spain's lawyer arranges for Muriel's release from jail, she visits Cromwell and asks for his protection. When Cromwell pulls a gun on Muriel and announces that he ordered Jimmy's execution, Sid springs from the next room to arrest the chief of the crime ring. +

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