The Shining Hour Reviews
A New York City nightclub dancer marries a charming man with lots of money. She moves out to the country with her new husband and into his large estate. The estate is also where her sister in-laws live, one sister is married and one sister is miserable and single. The miserable sister makes life practically impossible for the night club dancer who is also being strongly pursued by a lovesick younger man. Will the rich family drive her insane and into the arms of the young lover?
"He put a frog in my hair, poured ink on my dress; so naturally, I fell in love with him."
Frank Borzage, director of A Farewell to Arms, 7th Heaven, Stage Door Canteen, Three Comrades, China Doll, Strange Cargo, Street Angel, and The Gun Woman, delivers The Shining Hour. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward and honestly pretty predictable. The acting is remarkable and the cast includes Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Margaret Sullavan, Melvyn Douglas, Hattie McDaniel, and Frank Albertson.
"After the first time things are never as lovely again."
I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because I enjoy watching Joan Crawford flicks. Overall, this was a fun film to watch but is fairly straightforward with little misdirection or intriguing subplots. This is a film I'd probably skip unless you're a Joan Craford fan and I definitely wouldn't add it to my DVD collection.
"Stop fighting and let it burn."
Hattie McDaniel is great as always, underused as always.