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24 Hours to Kill / In Beirut sind die Nächte lang is a 1965 British/German international co-production drama film shot in Techniscope and Technicolor that was filmed in the Lebanon, then a tax haven.[1] It was produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Peter Bezencenet and stars Lex Barker, Mickey Rooney and Walter Slezak. The film was written by Peter Yeldham who travelled to Beirut to research the film's plot.[2]

24 Hours to Kill
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Directed byPeter Bezencenet
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Written byPeter Yeldham
Harry Alan Towers (story)
StarringLex Barker
Mickey Rooney
Walter Slezak
Music byWilfred Josephs
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited byJohn Trumper
Distributed bySeven Arts Pictures
Constantin Film
Release date
Running time
94 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom



An airliner en route to Athens has to stop over 24 hours in Lebanon due to mechanical problems. Though the crew look forward to rest and relaxation in the then glamourous tourist hot spot, one of the crew members is in fear of his life due to his being a target of a criminal organisation based in the city.



  1. ^ p. 45 Mann, DaveHarry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian McFarland, 20 Oct. 2014
  2. ^ pp. 28-29 Taylor, Tadhg Peter Yeldham Interview in Masters of the Shoot-'Em-Up: Conversations with Directors, Actors and Writers of Vintage Action Movies and Television Shows' McFarland, 14 Oct. 2015

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