The Shining Hour


The Shining Hour

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Frank Borzage directed this doomed romance starring Joan Crawford as Olivia Riley, the young bride of Henry Linden (Melvyn Douglas), an upper-crust conservative. Olivia is a show girl in a New York nightclub and when Henry brings her home to his family -- his brother David (Robert Young) and spinster sister Hannah (Fay Bainter) -- on his family's estate, Olivia is given the cold shoulder, particularly by David, who is actually attracted to Olivia himself. Olivia strikes up a friendship with David's wife Judy (Margaret Sullivan), who feels as shut out from the family as Olivia does. Olivia is attracted to David herself, and Hannah tries to drive Olivia away before things really heat up. Judy recognizes the attraction and is willing to leave David so he can pursue his romance with Olivia. David has no idea how to handle the situation, and Henry is blissfully unaware of the simmering passions between David and his wife. But Hannah brings the situation to its inevitable, and tragic, outcome buy setting fire to the estate.

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Joan Crawford
as Olivia Riley
Robert Young
as David Linden
Margaret Sullavan
as Judy Linden
Melvyn Douglas
as Henry Linden
Fay Bainter
as Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn
as Roger Franklin
Hattie McDaniel
as Belvedere
Frank Albertson
as Benny Collins
Oscar O'Shea
as Charlie Collins
Tony De Marco
as Olivia's Dance Partner
Claire Owen
as Stewardess
Frank Puglia
as Headwaiter
George Chandler
as Press Agent
Buddy Messinger
as Elevator Boy
Edwin Stanley
as Minister
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. Briggs
Cyril Ring
as Candid Cameraman
Grace Goodall
as Mrs. Smart
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  • Jan 17, 2014
    Good drama with a gem of a performance from the great Margaret Sullavan. Everyone else is good but she is exceptional.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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