The Shining Hour

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The Shining Hour
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Original Film Poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by Play:
Keith Winter
Screenplay:
Jane Murfin
Ogden Nash
Starring Joan Crawford
Margaret Sullavan
Robert Young
Melvyn Douglas
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • November 18, 1938 (1938-11-18)
Running time 76 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Shining Hour is a 1938 MGM film, based on the 1934 play The Shining Hour by Keith Winter. The film starred Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Bainter.

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Olivia Riley (Joan Crawford), a New York City nightclub dancer, tires of the fast life and consents to marry Henry Linden (Melvyn Douglas), a wealthy farmer from Wisconsin. Even before they engage to be married, however, Henry's bother, David (Robert Young) is sent to New York by their domineering sister Hannah (Fay Bainter) to dissuade his brother from marrying Olivia. In private, Olivia slaps David when her integrity is questioned, but she marries Henry because she says he's the only person in her life who is endlessly positive. When Olivia moves to her new husband's farm in Wisconsin, she encounters trouble from her sister-in-law Hannah , who does not approve of her. Olivia finds an ally in David's wife, Judy (Margaret Sullavan), who is in a loveless marriage.

Olivia comes to realize that she and Judy are in the same situation. Olivia's living situation is further complicated when David defends her from the unwanted advances of a farm hand and he begins to fall in love with her. Henry is unaware of this; but, when Hannah finds out what is going on, she sets fire to the home in a drunken rage. Olivia saves a badly burned Judy, and David realizes he has loved Judy after all. Olivia then decides to leave the farm; and, as she drives away, Henry joins her and they leave together.

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