THE DARK HOUR is a mystery programmer directed by Charles Lamont (he also worked with Abbott & Costello, and did Ma & Pa Kettle and Francis the Talking Mule films).
The story follows a classic format: two detectives investigating the murder of an elderly millionaire are presented with a number of suspects, all of whom have motives for homicide. The movie also diverts from the familiar and expected: the two detectives, one old, one young, work independent of each other and cautiously compare notes. After a second killing occurs, the men decide to join forces to solve the case.
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MURDER ON THE CAMPUS (1933) concerns a college girl accused of several homicides and her newspaperman boyfriend who's determined to clear her name.
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(5.4) The Dark Hour (1936) - Ray Walker/Berton Churchill/Irene Ware/Hedda Hopper/Hobart Bosworth/E.E. Clive
RAY WALKER (Jim) had bit parts in dozens of famous movies; he also worked extensively in a number of early TV series.
Radio character "The Great Gildersleeve" was based on the pompous screen persona of BERTON CHURCHILL (Paul).
IRENE WARE (Elsa) was the former Miss United States of 1926.
"Queen of the Quickies," HEDDA HOPPER (Mrs. Tallman) continued to act when her 1936 radio gossip show began, and also through the many years she battled Louella Parsons for newspaper columnist supremacy. Hopper died on the same day as Buster Keaton.
HOBART BOSWORTH (Charles) appeared in his first photoplay in 1908. He also directed 57 films between 1911 and '15.
Welsh-born E.E. Clive (Foot, the butler) was the Burgomeister in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935).