Count the Hours

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Count the Hours
Count the hours Poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Benedict Bogeaus
Screenplay by Doane R. Hoag
Karen DeWolf
Story by Doane R. Hoag
Starring Macdonald Carey
Teresa Wright
John Craven
Jack Elam
Music by Louis Forbes
Cinematography John Alton
Edited by James Leiceste
Benedict Bogeaus Production
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • April 1, 1953 (1953-04-01) (US)[1]
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Count the Hours is a 1953 crime film noir directed by Don Siegel, featuring Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, John Craven and Jack Elam.[2]


The bodies of farmer Fred Morgan and his housekeeper are found. Suspicion falls on hired hand George Braden, who owns a handgun that his pregnant wife Ellen disposes of in a panic.

Braden confesses under the interrogation of district attorney Jim Gillespie, possibly to spare his wife any more grief. Doug Madison is assigned the case in court, but doesn't believe in Braden's innocence until he sees Ellen diving into the lake, attempting to retrieve the gun.

Madison's fiancee doesn't want him defending an unpopular client because it could harm his political future. A diver hired by Madison makes a play for Ellen, and when he is fired, he suggests Madison is romantically involved with Ellen.

After a conviction and death sentence for Braden, it comes to Madison's attention that an ex-con named Max Verne had worked for the dead man and made threats after being dismissed. Madison ends up in a race against time to prove Braden's innocence before he is executed.


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  1. ^ "Count the Hours: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Count the Hours at the TCM Movie Database.

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