Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tonight's Movie: Two O'Clock Courage (1945)

TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE is a fast-paced, engaging "B" movie whodunit directed by Anthony Mann, starring Tom Conway and Ann Rutherford.

Conway, who sounds a great deal like his real-life younger brother George Sanders, plays an amnesiac who staggers in front of a taxicab driven by Patty Mitchell (Rutherford). Sympathetic Patty is intrigued by the mystery surrounding the man she had nearly run down, and together they spend the evening unraveling the man's lost identity and his possible connection to a murder.

The lovely Rutherford is very appealing as Patty, and her energetic performance has a great deal to do with the movie's success. Conway is somewhat bland but pleasant, and he has a nice camaraderie with Rutherford. The film's cast, the briskly told story (which clocks in at just 68 minutes), and very attractive black and white photography by Jack MacKenzie all combine to make this an entertaining little movie.

Prominent in the supporting cast is one Bettejane Greer, who shortly thereafter would shorten her name to Jane Greer and go on to film noir immortality in OUT OF THE PAST (1947).

The cast also includes Jean Brooks, Richard Lane, Lester Matthews, Roland Drew, and Emory Parnell.

IMDb and Leonard Maltin both offer the info that this film is a remake of TWO IN THE DARK (1936), which starred Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, and Gail Patrick. (Update: Here's a review of TWO IN THE DARK!)

TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE is not available on DVD or VHS, but it can be seen on Turner Classic Movies, which has the trailer available here. (June 2015 Update: TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE is now available on DVD from the Warner Archive.)

January 2014 Update: I had a wonderful opportunity to revisit this film on a big screen at UCLA! I enjoyed the movie even more, having become much more familiar with actors such as Jean Brooks and Richard Lane in the time since I first saw it.

July 2015 Update: My review of the Warner Archive DVD may be found here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this movie over 20 years and still remember the humor and drama of this B-rated noir. Ms. Rutherford is utterly charming in her rol as the cabbie

11:36 PM  
Blogger DorianTB said...

Laura, TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE has long been one of my favorites, with Ann Rutherford and Tom Conway making a delightful team, with a swell blend of suspense and comedy. Thanks for giving it a little love! :-D

11:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's wonderful to hear from other fans of TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE! What a fun movie.

Best wishes,

6:35 PM  

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