The Hour of 13 (1952)

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A jewel thief tries to mislead police who suspect that his theft of a valuable emerald is related to the serial murder of eleven policemen.


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24 November 2020 | bkoganbing
| Right in the middle
The Hour of 13 casts Peter Lawford as a man who has lived beyond his means in Victorian London and has embarked on a life of crime. He decides with a pair of confederates to steal a most valuable emerald.

Lawford has thought this one through and at the same time he's doing his thieving there's a madman, a jack the ripper type using a sword is tabbing to death as many of London's bobbys as he can find. Lawford reasons that Scotland Yard is way too busy looking for this maniac to devote too much time to a jewel robbery.

Not telling any more other than Lawford's scheme nearly blows up in his face with all his fine finessing.

This MGM film was done over in the United Kingdom where Lawford returned to the old country to work with Dawn Addams, Derek Bond, Roland Culver, and Michael Hordern. Lawford fits well into the era along with his fellow British players.

Nice slice of late Victorian London.

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Release Date:

21 November 1952


English, French

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Filming Locations

London, England, UK

Box Office


$873,000 (estimated)

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