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Matthew Turner over 1 year ago
The Desperate Hours is a 1955 film from Paramount Pictures starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. The movie was produced and directed by William Wyler and based on a novel and play of the same name written by Joseph Hayes which were loosely based on actual events. The role of Glenn Griffin was Bogart's last as a villain. The original Broadway production had actor Paul Newman in the Bogart role. The character was made older in the script so Bogart could play the part. Bogart said he viewed the story as "Duke Mantee grown up," Mantee having been Bogart's breakthrough movie role in The Petrified Forest. Spencer Tracy was also first cast to be in the film with Bogart, but the two friends both insisted on top billing and Tracy eventually withdrew. The Desperate Hours was the first black-and-white movie in VistaVision, Paramount's wide-screen process. Exterior shots of the Hilliards' home are the same house used in the final seasons of the television series Leave it to Beaver. In 1956,...
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