The Shining Hour

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A typical 1930s picture with a plot as familiar as the palm of one's hand. Crawford is a New York night club terpsichorean who is wooed and won by Douglas, a well-to-do conservative type whose family is not thrilled about the marriage. Apparently, the chief objector is Douglas's brother, Young. Crawford and Douglas move on to the huge family estate which...read more

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A typical 1930s picture with a plot as familiar as the palm of one's hand. Crawford is a New York night club terpsichorean who is wooed and won by Douglas, a well-to-do conservative type whose family is not thrilled about the marriage. Apparently, the chief objector is Douglas's brother,

Young. Crawford and Douglas move on to the huge family estate which Douglas's spinster sister, Bainter, runs like a prison camp. Friction erupts between Bainter and Crawford, but the young wife finds a friend in Young's spouse, Sullavan, as they are of the same age and disposition, despite coming

from different castes. As it turns out, Young wants to keep Crawford away from the family compound because he finds himself attracted to her and feels it would be safer if she were not allowed in his general proximity. Crawford feels the same way about Young, so trouble is bubbling on the home

front. Bainter is no fool and spots what's happening, then attempts to use it as a wedge against Crawford to get her to leave. Douglas is blissfully happy with Crawford and has no idea what's going on behind his back. Sullavan, once she is wise to the situation, plans to walk out, leaving Young

and Crawford to each other. Her decision is based on sacrifice, not rancor. Young finds it difficult to handle the guilt and is at a loss to solve the problem. Then Bainter sets fire to the house. Crawford saves Sullavan from the flames but the sister-in-law is burned critically. When Young visits

his wife, who is covered in bandages and can't respond to his words, he realizes that she is, and always has been, the woman for him. Douglas and Crawford reconcile, despite Bainter's thrusts and parries, and will try to make a life with each other. Big names can do nothing to overcome the soapy

and sappy script. With the witty Ogden Nash as a co-author, one might have expected more from the dialog.

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