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The Zero Hour

Tragedy strikes a newly married couple when a stranger enters their house claiming their adopted child is actually his.
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DVD Features:

  • From the Samuel M. Sherman Archives
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

A tragic accident leaves acclaimed Broadway director Julian Forbes paralyzed, compelling him to put his planned marriage to young actress Linda Marsh on permanent hold. The couple remain devoted to each other as Linda's stage fame soars and the wheelchair-bound Julian watches adoringly from the wings. But over the years, Linda's physical yearnings - for intimacy and for motherhood - remain unfulfilled. Knowing his paralysis is keeping Linda from true happiness, Julian considers making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.

Beautiful, English-born Frieda Inescort gives a riveting emotional performance as a woman whose heart is torn by deeply conflicted desires. Today she is best remembered by film audiences as Merle Oberon's competition for Lawrence Olivier's affections in 1940's Pride and Prejudice. Dignified Otto Kruger had a long and prolific career as a character actor in such great films as Saboteur (1942), High Noon (1952), and Magnificent Obsession (1954).

Product Description:

This grim melodrama tells the story of a kindly producer who mentors a beautiful young girl and helps her to become a big Broadway star. In time, the two fall in love and decide to wed. Unfortunately, en route to a justice of the peace, tragedy strikes the happy couple.

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Rating 4.5 Movie professionals put over "Zero Hour" without schmalz. Movie Lover: from Clarkston, GA US -- March, 2, 2010

Consider the ingredients in this story. A womam torn in her loyalties between her former fiancee, now wellchair bound for a number of years following a tragic accident, and a sympathetic man who can give her the whole life she craves in marriage. A very appealing child involved in a tug of war between two adults. Handled differently, it might have been an exercise in scmalzy theatrics. Instead, performances by pros like Otto Kruger, Frieda Innescourt and Donald Douglas put it over successfully and compellingly. Even the child, Ann Todd, is completely believable and does not cloy. The conclusion, though we might have seen it a long way off, is not inevitable, as we are kept in suspense to the very end over which man Frieda will choose. For its age (70 years), the print and sound quality of this picture are amazingly good.


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  • Sales Rank: 10,771
  • UPC: 089218588296
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