The Desperate Hours

The Desperate Hours

Humphrey Bogart
Director: William Wyler Cast: Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
, Fredric March
Fredric March
, Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
William Wyler




Based on the novel and play by Joseph Hayes, which in turn was inspired by an actual event, The Desperate Hours is the prototypical "family-trapped-by-criminals" drama. Escaped convicts Humphrey Bogart, Robert Middleton and Dewey Martin, seeking an appropriate hideout until they can make contact with their money supply, deliberately choose the suburban home of Fredric March and his family. The cold-blooded Bogart wants no trouble with the police, and he knows he can cower a family with children into cooperating with him. The convict orders March, his wife Martha Scott, and their children Richard Eyer and Mary Murphy, to go about their normal activities so as not to arouse suspicion. Young Eyer, upset that March won't lift a hand against Bogart, assumes that his father is a coward. The authorities are alerted when March, at Bogart's behest, draws money for the convict's getaway from the bank. Pushed to the breaking point, March begins subtly turning the tables on the convicts. Bogart's character in Desperate Hours was originally written for a much younger man, which explains why Paul Newman was able to play the part in the original Broadway production. The film was slated to co-star Bogart with his old pal Spencer Tracy, but this plan fell through when the two actors couldn't agree on who would get top billing. Desperate Hours was remade in 1991 with Mickey Rourke in the Bogart role.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2020
UPC: 0032429336583
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Time: 1:52:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Glenn Griffin
Fredric March Dan Hilliard
Arthur Kennedy Jesse Bard
Martha Scott Eleanor Hilliard
Dewey Martin Hal Griffin
Gig Young Chuck
Mary Murphy Cindy Hilliard
Richard Eyer Ralphie Hilliard
Robert Middleton Kobish
Alan Reed Detective
Bert Freed Winston
Ray Collins Masters
Whit Bissell Carson
Ray Teal Fredericks
Michael Moore Detective
Don Haggerty Detective
Ric Roman Sal
Pat Flaherty Dutch
Beverly Garland Miss Swift
Louis Lettieri Bucky Walling
Ann Doran Mrs. Walling
Burt Mustin Actor
Walter S. Baldwin Patterson

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Gail Kubik Score Composer
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Robert Swink Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup

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