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The Desperate Hours (1955) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler and Robert Wyler.

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Glenn Griffin: The Desperate Hours’ Villain

By Virginie Pronovost on May 17, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

In the world of movies, we can find many types of characters: good, bad, anti-heroes, people who “don’t give a damn” and so on. To celebrate the world of movie villains, Kristina from Speakeasy, Ruth from Silver Screening and Shadow and Satin are once again back with the Great Vill... Read full article


The Desperate Hours – 1955

By Bogart Fan on Jul 13, 2014 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review —A Gangster Icon Returns One Last Time— Your Bogie Film Fix: Director: William Wyler The Lowdown Three men (Bogart, Dewey Martin, and Robert Middleton) escape prison and take an Indianapolis family hostage as they hijack their home. What I Thought This was the last available... Read full article


The Desperate Hours (1955)

By Beatrice on Jul 5, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Desperate Hours Directed by William Wyler Written by Joseph Hayes from his novel and play 1955/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Warner Bros. Home Video DVD Bogie comes full circle from a career-making performance as hostage-taker Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936)  to a similar rol... Read full article


The Desperate Hours (1955)

By Lindsey on Jun 20, 2013 From The Motion Pictures

(Image: Listal) Glenn Griffin (Humphrey Bogart), Hal Griffin (Dewey Martin) and Sam Kobish (Robert Middleton) have managed to escape from prison. Knowing that the law will be on to them soon, they decide to hide out in a randomly selected house in the suburban Indianapolis area. The home they select... Read full article


The Desperate Hours (William Wyler, 1955)

By Judy on Sep 15, 2012 From Movie Classics

Once again I’m taking part in a blogathon – this time it is the Universal Backlot Blogathon, organised by Kristen of the Journeys on Classic Film website. A number of bloggers are taking part and covering a wide range of films made on the Universal backlot , to celebrate its 100th annive... Read full article


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Quotes from

Glenn Griffin: You listen to your old man, kid. He knows where it's buttered.


Glenn Griffin: You don't have it in ya, Pop.
Dan Hilliard: Yes I do. You put it there.


[first lines]
[the morning newspaper hits the front door]
Eleanor Hilliard: I'll get it, darling.
Dan Hilliard: Some morning I'm gonna catch up with that kid.


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Facts about

Humphrey Bogart's last tough-guy role.
The first black and white movie in VistaVision.
The Character of Glenn Griffin was made older so Humphrey Bogart could play the role. The stage version starred Karl Malden and a young Paul Newman in the Bogart role
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