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Shining Hour, The (MGM 1938, Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas)



Joan Crawford stars in familiar melodrama The Shining Hour about a nightclub singer who marries wealthy Melvyn Douglas and goes to live on the family estate. Tensions arise as sister-in-law Fay Bainter takes an instant dislike to her and brother-in-law Young finds her irresistible. Coscripted by poet Ogden Nash.

The movie is based on Keith Winter’s play, which is set amongst quiet English farms. Screenwriters Jane Murfin and Ogden Nash altered the setting to focus on a wealthy Wisconsin land-owning family.

Joan Crawford as Olivia Riley
Margaret Sullavan as Judy Linden
Robert Young as David Linden
Melvyn Douglas as Henry Linden
Fay Bainter as Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn as Roger Q. Franklin
Hattie McDaniel as Belvedere
Oscar O’Shea as Charlie Collins
Frank Albertson as Benny Collins
Harry Barris as Bertie

crew details
Director: Frank Borzage
Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director of Photography: George J. Folsey
Editor: Frank E. Hull
Composer: Franz Waxman
Screenwriters: Jane Murfin, Ogden Nash
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1938
Duration: 76 minutes