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The Desperate Hours


Time Out says

From a Broadway play, with Bogart giving his penultimate performance as the desperate fugitive, a role played on stage by Paul Newman. A trio of convicts on the run terrorise an average American suburban family headed by March. One of a number of '50s films which revealed the paranoia lurking under the facade of the American dream, this time the respectability and security of the family being disrupted with a vengeance. Bogart clearly enjoys himself as a man with no redeeming features, and he's well supported by the other two (Martin, Middleton). Wyler directs efficiently, if somewhat mechanically.

Release Details

  • Duration:112 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:William Wyler
  • Screenwriter:Joseph Hayes
  • Cast:
    • Humphrey Bogart
    • Fredric March
    • Arthur Kennedy
    • Martha Scott
    • Dewey Martin
    • Gig Young
    • Mary Murphy
    • Robert Middleton
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