Stolen Hours

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Time Out says

Chet Baker, behind blackest shades, blows his horn in a Home Counties mansion, where Susan Hayward jives with old super-stooge Jerry Desmonde. Other memorable incongruities include a full-blown Hayward tirade in the middle of Portobello Road and her epiphany in a Cornish village, following victory in the egg-and-spoon race. This is the pre-war Bette Davis weepie Dark Victory, altered round the edges but with the same hook: a year to live, snatched happiness, all that. Petrie tries sternly to keep campiness at bay, but the whole enterprise is as doomed as its heroine. Slightly cherishable, though, thanks to Hayward's lightning flashes of temperament and her touchingly unconvincing simulation of vulnerability.
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Release details

UK release:

1963

Duration:

97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Cast:

Victor Spinetti, Jerry Desmonde, Paul Rogers, Edward Judd, Diane Baker, Michael Craig, Susan Hayward, Chet Baker

Music:

Mort Lindsey

Production Designer:

Wilfred Shingleton

Editor:

Geoffrey Foote

Cinematography:

Harry Waxman

Screenwriter:

Jessamyn West

Producer:

Denis Holt

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