The Zero Hour (1939 film)

The Zero Hour is a 1939 American drama film directed by Sidney Salkow.

The Zero Hour
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Directed bySidney Salkow
Produced bySol C. Siegel (producer)
Written byGarrett Fort (story)
StarringSee below
Music byCy Feuer
William Lava
Paul Sawtell
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byWilliam Morgan
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • May 26, 1939 (1939-05-26)
Running time
53 minutes(American edited version)
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


A kindly theatrical producer mentors a beautiful young girl and helps her to become a big Broadway star. In time the two fall in love and decide to wed. En route to a justice of the peace, tragedy strikes the happy couple and the would-be groom ends up permanently paralyzed. Still, his girl remains devoted to him and the marriage proceeds. Nine years pass and the woman decides she wants to adopt a child. All things seem to be in place for the adoption, but a widower shows up to claim the child. The wife and the widower begin an affair soon after meeting. When the husband finds out, he selflessly executes his final option to ensure his wife's future happiness.



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