2010. I'm delighted that it was just released on DVD by the Warner Archive.
TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE was loosely based on a "B" film of nearly a decade earlier, TWO IN THE DARK (1936), which starred Walter Abel and Margot Grahame. The original inspiration for both films was a novel by Gelett Burgess.
TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE was one of the earliest films directed by Anthony Mann. Although I just saw the movie a second time last year as part of a Mann tribute at UCLA, I was glad to revisit it once more thanks to the Warner Archive disc.
the Falcon) plays Ted Allison, who starts the film as an amnesiac. Ted has a "cute meet" with a taxicab driver named Patty (Ann Rutherford) when he stumbles in front of her cab.
Patty is sympathetic toward the injured man and spends the evening helping Ted trace his lost identity -- and his possible connection to a murder! Patty doesn't believe Ted could possibly be a murderer and never gives up helping him dig for clues. The debonair Conway and the effervescent Rutherford make a very appealing team in a fun little mystery.
Watching this film again, I was struck by some similarities TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE and the original TWO IN THE DARK have with the recently seen PACIFIC BLACKOUT (1941) starring Robert Preston and Martha O'Driscoll. Preston and O'Driscoll meet in a park, just like the couple in TWO IN THE DARK, and she doesn't believe he could possibly be a murderer... The WWII era plot of PACIFIC BLACKOUT does diverge but they're all very enjoyable "couple on the run solving a mystery and falling in love" movies.
The first part of the film is a little more speckled, with bits of debris, than the typical Warner Archive DVD, but for the most part the disc looks fine, and it's certainly a completely watchable disc, with excellent sound. There are no extras.
Recommended for my fellow "B" mystery fans!
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.