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The Big Frame (1952)

The Lost Hours (original title)
During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange ... See full summary »

Director:

David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay), Steve Fisher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stevens ... Paul Smith
Jean Kent ... Louise Parker
Garry Marsh ... Inspector Foster
John Bentley ... Clark Sutton
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... John Parker
Leslie Perrins ... Doctor Morrison
Dianne Foster ... Dianne Wrigley
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Tom Wrigley
Duncan Lamont ... Bristow
John Horsley ... Brown
John Harvey John Harvey ... Peters
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Sergeant Roper
Thora Hird ... Hotel Maid
Ballard Berkeley ... Doctor
Sam Kydd ... Fred - mechanic at Bristow & Brown
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Storyline

During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange hotel room with blood on his suit, and can't remember how he got there. Then he discovers that the friend he fought with the night before has been murdered, and he is a prime suspect. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Six Blacked-Out Hours That Branded Him KILLER!

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Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Frame See more »

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Production Co:

Tempean Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Insp. Foster: Looks like an open-and-shut case, I hope.
Det. Sgt. Roper: So do I. I want some sleep.
Insp. Foster: You'll get plenty of that when you're dead.
Det. Sgt. Roper: It'll be too late then.
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Crick Crack Beats
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Music by San Totis (i.e. Alexander Laszlo)
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The noir version of A Yank in the R.A.F.
21 July 2003 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Having a booze-up with a bunch of his old fly-buddies, former Royal Air Force pilot Mark Stevens, an American, gets into an altercation with one of them who goes out of his way to be insulting. They patch things up, and get on with their drinking. Next morning (or rather afternoon), Stevens wakes up in a strange hotel room only to read the headlines that the other guy has been murdered. But he can't remember a thing, having been slipped a Mickey the night before.

This is Cornell Woolrich territory, though he didn't have a thing to do with it. With Scotland Yard on his tail, Stevens races against time to retrace his vanished footsteps and find the real killer. Staunchly by his side is a fiancée Jean Kent; her opposite number is temptress Dianne Foster, available wife of another of the carousers. In his investigations, Stevens finds that some of the wartime heroes have, in the post-war years, taken to less heroic pursuits, running a phony import-export racket his inopportune sleuthing threatens to expose....

The Lost Hours (a.k.a. The Big Frame) is little more than a British crime programmer, but it's briskly done and keeps you awake. And despite the London landscape and the recurrent `I say, see here, old boy's that strew the dialog, its themes and story line place it neatly in `The American Style' of film noir.


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