icon Film Profile: The Desperate Hours - (1955)
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6.1/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"A reign of violence sweeps the screen"


  • Director: William Wyler
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Film Noir
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Black & White | Duration: 120 Mins

Superbly directed by William Wyler, this searing adaptation of author Joseph Hayes's Broadway hit features the last great villainous performance of Humphrey Bogart, playing an escaped convict holding Fredric March and his family hostage in their own house. The location becomes unbearably claustrophobic as March summons up hidden strengths to protect his loved ones from a criminal who has no redeeming humanitarian features. This was the first movie to be filmed in black-and-white VistaVision ("motion picture high fidelity"), and the depth of field and overall quality of Lee Garm Miches's photography is superb, even on the reduced scale of television. Sadly, this was Bogart's penultimate film. A pretty worthless remake of the tale was produced in 1990 with Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke in the March and Bogart roles. By the way, Paul Newman originally featured in the role of the villain on stage.
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Cast List:
Glenn : Humphrey Bogart
Dan Hilliard : Fredric March
Jesse Bard : Arthur Kennedy
Eleanor Hilliard : Martha Scott
Hal : Dewey Martin
Chuck : Gig Young
Cindy : Mary Murphy (1)
Ralphie : Richard Eyer
Kobish : Robert Middleton
Detective : Alan Reed
Winston : Bert Freed
Masters : Ray Collins
Carson : Whit Bissell
Fredericks : Ray Teal
Detective : Michael Moore (3)

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