The Shining Hour (1938)

75-76 mins | Drama | 18 November 1938

Director:

Frank Borzage

Cinematographer:

George Folsey

Editor:

Frank E. Hull

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , M-G-M had been planning to make this film in 1935 with Norma Shearer as the star. The MPH review notes that this was the first time that Joan Crawford had danced on the screen since 1933's Dancing Lady (see ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , M-G-M had been planning to make this film in 1935 with Norma Shearer as the star. The MPH review notes that this was the first time that Joan Crawford had danced on the screen since 1933's Dancing Lady (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Nov 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Nov 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 37
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 38
p. 2, 8
Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Nov 38
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Oct 38
p. 27.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Nov 38
p. 40.
New York Times
20 Jan 38
p. 15.
Variety
16 Nov 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Frank Borzage Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
The dance performed by Miss Crawford and Mr. De Ma
MAKEUP
Hair styles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Shining Hour by Keith Winter (New York, 13 Feb 1934).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
Waltz in C Sharp Minor, op. 64, no. 2 by Frédéric Chopin.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 November 1938
Production Date:
22 August--3 October 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 November 1938
Copyright Number:
LP 8440
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4770
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Henry Linden, a wealthy farmer from Wisconsin, has fallen in love with New York City nightclub entertainer Olivia Riley and wants to marry her. Although Olivia is not in love with Henry, she is lonely and fond of him, so she agrees to become his wife and move to his family's Wisconsin farm. Meanwhile, Henry's brother David, who has never met Olivia, goes to New York to try and stop the marriage, but when he sees her, he immediately becomes very attracted to her. She is also attracted to the moody David, but, for Henry's sake, neither express their feelings and she soon weds Henry. At the farm, David's wife Judy, a sweet, uncomplicated woman who loves her husband very much, is kind to Olivia, but Hannah, David and Henry's possessive older sister, is cold to her new sister-in-law. Hannah's feelings of animosity toward Olivia soon cause strains on the family, as does the growing attraction between David and Olivia. To alleviate the strain of living under the same roof with the rest of the family, Olivia and Henry build a new house close by. Building the new house seems to help Olivia, but soon David approaches her and tells her that he loves her. Olivia, who is still attracted to David, feels disloyal to Henry as well as to Judy, who has become her closest friend, and begins to think that she should leave. At a house-warming party for Olivia and Henry, Hannah makes snide, hurtful remarks to Olivia, and Benny Collins, a hired hand who is also attracted to Olivia, makes a pass at her and is knocked down by ... +


Henry Linden, a wealthy farmer from Wisconsin, has fallen in love with New York City nightclub entertainer Olivia Riley and wants to marry her. Although Olivia is not in love with Henry, she is lonely and fond of him, so she agrees to become his wife and move to his family's Wisconsin farm. Meanwhile, Henry's brother David, who has never met Olivia, goes to New York to try and stop the marriage, but when he sees her, he immediately becomes very attracted to her. She is also attracted to the moody David, but, for Henry's sake, neither express their feelings and she soon weds Henry. At the farm, David's wife Judy, a sweet, uncomplicated woman who loves her husband very much, is kind to Olivia, but Hannah, David and Henry's possessive older sister, is cold to her new sister-in-law. Hannah's feelings of animosity toward Olivia soon cause strains on the family, as does the growing attraction between David and Olivia. To alleviate the strain of living under the same roof with the rest of the family, Olivia and Henry build a new house close by. Building the new house seems to help Olivia, but soon David approaches her and tells her that he loves her. Olivia, who is still attracted to David, feels disloyal to Henry as well as to Judy, who has become her closest friend, and begins to think that she should leave. At a house-warming party for Olivia and Henry, Hannah makes snide, hurtful remarks to Olivia, and Benny Collins, a hired hand who is also attracted to Olivia, makes a pass at her and is knocked down by David. Later, Olivia tells Henry that she wants to leave and, though he does not completely know why, he agrees that they should travel for a while. When Henry goes to tell Hannah, she angrily accuses him of being blind to his wife's true character, and he tells her that it is she who is forcing them to leave. Just then, Benny rushes in to tell them that Henry and Olivia's new house is in flames. While the family tries to stop the fire, Judy, who has suspected that the more worldly David is in love with Olivia, rushes into the burning house. As the structure collapses, Olivia runs into the house and saves Judy. Though Olivia's burns are minor, Judy is very seriously burned in the blaze. Guilt-ridden over Judy's attempted sacrifice, David finally realizes that he has loved his wife all along. After Olivia tells him to go to her bedside, he finds Judy's face bandaged, but her eyes show him that she forgives him. Now realizing that she does not love David, Olivia decides that she must leave the farm and will not listen to Henry when he tries to convince her to stay. Hannah, however, whom Henry knows set the fire, tells her brother that she was wrong about Olivia and begs him to either bring her back or go with her. After listening to her advice, Henry goes after Olivia and they drive away from the farm together, in the hope of finding a new life. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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