Review: ‘Stolen Hours’

Director Daniel M. Petrie has shaped a smooth and slick production out of the story of a woman facing death as the result of brain disease. A remake of the 1939 Bette Davis starrer Dark Victory, the film moves easily from discovery to pre-determined conclusion and gives Hayward a chance to do some effective emoting.

Director Daniel M. Petrie has shaped a smooth and slick production out of the story of a woman facing death as the result of brain disease. A remake of the 1939 Bette Davis starrer Dark Victory, the film moves easily from discovery to pre-determined conclusion and gives Hayward a chance to do some effective emoting.

Jessamyn West has written the screenplay for this made-in-Britain effort and has fortunately chosen not to go overboard on the bathos. The result is a picture which moves well, with fine photography and credible performances.

As the doctor, who Hayward eventually marries despite their mutual knowledge of her fate, Michael Craig does a solid job. Diane Baker is attractive and proves a capable actress as Hayward’s sister and Edward Judd is also strong as an ex-beau but still chum of the ailing socialite.

Stolen Hours

Production

Mirisch/Barbican. Director Daniel Petrie; Screenplay Jessamyn West; Camera Harry Waxman; Editor Geoffrey Foote; Music Mort Lindsey; Art Director Wilfried Shingleton

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Susan Hayward Michael Craig Diane Baker Edward Judd Paul Rogers
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