Bentley, Eric
March 1955
New Republic;3/7/55, Vol. 132 Issue 10, p19
Entertainment Review
The article discusses the motion picture "The Desperate Hours," by Joseph Hayes. The Desperate Hours is, of course, more than a thriller; it is a thriller plus junk, and solemn, pseudo-intellectual, moralistic junk at that. The audience identifies itself with father Maiden, the average American, whose equipment is $15,000 a year and the wisdom of the ages-a 1955 version of the Common Man. The inner drama of the play is found in the growing rage of this righteous man, who turns out to have a beast in him; but reason conquers passion; and the play culminates with his refusal to take revenge on the gangster who had tried to kill his son.


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