The Hour of 13

The Hour of 13 is a 1952 British historical mystery film directed by Harold French and starring Peter Lawford, Dawn Addams and Roland Culver. It was made at Elstree Studios by the British subsidiary of MGM. The film's sets were designed by the German-born art director Alfred Junge. The film is a remake of the 1934 thriller The Mystery of Mr. X.[2]

The Hour of 13
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarold French
Screenplay byLeon Gordon
Howard Emmett Rogers
Based onX v. Rex
1933 novel
by Philip MacDonald
Produced byHayes Goetz
StarringPeter Lawford
Dawn Addams
Roland Culver
CinematographyGuy Green
Edited byRaymond Poulton
Robert Watts
Music byJohn Addison
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
27 October 1952
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$756,000[1]


Reminiscent of the Jack The Ripper school with a period setting in gaslit London, but this time the mysterious killer is The Terror who is murdering policemen. Lawford plays the handsome gentleman thief Nicholas Revel who gets himself involved in the murders, and the theft of a valuable emerald. The treatment is seldom serious yet is smartly resolved with a supporting cast of British stalwarts.



According to MGM records the movie earned $344,000 in the US and Canada and $412,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $424,000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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