TITLE

THEATRE

AUTHOR(S)
Bentley, Eric
PUB. DATE
March 1955
SOURCE
New Republic;3/7/55, Vol. 132 Issue 10, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Entertainment Review
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
14444443

 

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