One Hour to Live (1939)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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One Hour to Live affords John Litel, usually cast as rock-solid businessmen and incorruptable attorneys, the opportunity to play a double-dyed villain. Litel is cast as crooked fight manager Rudy Spain, who orders the murder of a boxer (Jack Carr) who has turned honest. By having his dirty work done by his sinister henchman Stanley Jones (Paul Guilfoyle), Spain remains above suspicion-to everyone but police lieutenant Sid Brady (Charles Bickford), who's still sore that Spain stole his girlfriend Muriel (Doris Nolan) away from him. Spain eventually manages to incriminate himself by trying to kill Muriel, but as it turns out, he is only a small cog in a much larger criminal machine. And when Lt. Brady finds out who's really the brains behind that machine, is he in for a surprise (as is the audience!)

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corruption, detective, gangster, investigation, investigator, killing, murder, police-corruption