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The Desperate Hours

1955, Crime/Drama, 1h 52m

8 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Three escaped felons (Humphrey Bogart, Dewey Martin, Robert Middleton) randomly target a suburban house to hide out in until midnight, when an accomplice plans to deliver them money. They take the entire family hostage -- but midnight comes and goes without a delivery. As their stay extends from hours into days, homeowner Dan Hilliard (Fredric March) complies with the felons' no-police demands to protect his wife and two children, while trying to plot an escape from the desperate situation.

Cast & Crew

Humphrey Bogart
Glenn Griffin
Fredric March
Dan C. Hilliard
Martha Scott
Eleanor "Ellie" Hilliard
Arthur Kennedy
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard
Dewey Martin
Hal Griffin
Gig Young
Chuck Wright
Mary Murphy
Cindy Hilliard
Richard Eyer
Ralphie Hilliard
Alan Reed
Detective
Bert Freed
Tom Winston
Ray Collins
Sheriff Masters
Whit Bissell
FBI Agent Carson
Ray Teal
State Police Lt. Fredericks
Michael Moore
Detective (uncredited)
Don Haggerty
Detective (uncredited)
Ric Roman
Sal (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty
Dutch (uncredited)
Beverly Garland
Miss Swift (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri
Bucky Walling (uncredited)
Joseph Hayes
Screenwriter
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Robert Swink
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  • Dec 31, 2020
    I've enjoyed the three filmed interpretations of Joseph Hayes' book (one was a TV-movie). But, this is by far the best.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2010
    Skip the remake & stick with the original
    Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2009
    Classic...great movie even with Bogarts singular acting style....
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  • Nov 05, 2007
    A dense cat and mouse game featuring old Bogart, still pulling it off, maybe not as menacing as he could have, but it is his charcters rogue-like ambiguity that carries the movie. A hostage drama at its core, the movie features a many characters and depicts their conflicting interests. Of course, the increasing tension between the captors and the glooming disaster is what fires up the heat of suspense. Very good. HX
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