“The Zero Hour” is a crime drama film released in 1939, directed by Sidney Salkow and starring Otto Kruger, Karen Verne, and Cedric Hardwicke.
The story centers around a wealthy businessman named John Ashmore (Otto Kruger), who is kidnapped by a group of criminals led by a man named Steve (Cedric Hardwicke). The kidnappers demand a ransom of $500,000, and threaten to kill Ashmore if their demands are not met.
As the police race against time to locate the missing businessman, Ashmore’s wife Sylvia (Karen Verne) takes matters into her own hands and hires a private detective named McBride (Ralph Bellamy) to help her track down her husband.
Through a series of twists and turns, the characters eventually uncover the truth behind the kidnapping and work together to bring the criminals to justice.
Overall, “The Zero Hour” is a suspenseful and well-crafted crime drama that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Its themes of greed, deception, and redemption make it a compelling and thought-provoking film that still resonates with audiences today.
Frieda Inescort, Otto Kruger, Adrienne Ames