Two Crowded Hours (1931)

Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 43 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This otherwise undistinguished "quota quickie" represents the directorial debut of famed British filmmaker Michael Powell (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes et. al.) The by-the-numbers storyline involves an escaped murderer who heads to London for the purpose of killing the girl whose evidence condemned him to the gallows. Our heroine is now the sweetheart of the detective who arrested the villain, but even this may not save her from doom. Sure enough, the girl is cornered by the killer, but her boyfriend comes to the rescue in the nick of time with the help of a cockney cabbie with aspirations of becoming a copper himself. Except for John Longden, the cast of Two Crowded Hours is populated with nonentities, forcing Michael Powell to rely on his own talents to make the whole project watchable.

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damsel-in-distress, detective, murder, prison, rescue, revenge, witness