Stolen Hours

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"Do you know what they say about Laura Pember...? They say she uses men like pep-up pills!"
  • NR
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.3  (417)

"Stolen Hours" is a romantic drama film directed by Daniel Petrie and released in 1963. The film stars Susan Hayward, Michael Craig, and Diane Baker. Hayward stars as Lizabeth Allison, a successful New York fashion designer who, despite having everything she could want, feels unfulfilled in her love life. She's married to a wealthy businessman, Avery Allison (played by Charles Drake), but their marriage has grown cold and distant. When Lizabeth has a chance encounter with a handsome architect named Geoffrey Sherwood (played by Craig), she finds herself drawn to him in ways she never expected.

Geoffrey is in New York on business but finds himself returning to Lizabeth's company again and again, each time finding an excuse to see her. Despite knowing that she's married, Geoffrey can't help the feelings he has for Lizabeth. She, in turn, starts to feel alive again in his company, and soon the two are embroiled in a passionate affair.

But things quickly become complicated. Lizabeth's husband starts to become suspicious of her absences, and Geoffrey's business partner, Paul (played by James Hazeldine), warns him that getting involved with a married woman can only lead to heartache. As the pressure mounts, Lizabeth and Geoffrey must decide whether to follow their hearts or do the right thing.

What sets "Stolen Hours" apart from other romantic dramas of the time is its focus on Lizabeth's character development. Hayward imbues Lizabeth with a quiet strength and a deep sense of dissatisfaction that makes her an incredibly sympathetic character. As she grapples with her feelings for Geoffrey, she also starts to reassess her life and what she truly wants from it. This introspection gives the film a depth and complexity that elevates it above other films of its kind.

But while the film centers around Lizabeth's emotional journey, it's the chemistry between her and Craig that really drives the story forward. Craig is charming and debonair as Geoffrey, and the two actors have an undeniable chemistry that crackles on screen. Their scenes together are electric, and the audience can't help but root for them even though their love is seemingly doomed from the start.

Another standout performance in the film comes from Diane Baker, who plays Lizabeth's younger sister, Laurie. Laurie is engaged to marry a man her family disapproves of, and her struggle to assert her independence mirrors Lizabeth's journey in a way that's both poignant and meaningful.

Despite being a largely dialogue-driven film, "Stolen Hours" is visually stunning. Petrie expertly uses the New York City backdrop to set the mood, whether Lizabeth is walking through Central Park or Geoffrey is gazing out at the city skyline from his hotel room. And the film's score, composed by Mort Lindsey, perfectly captures the film's romantic tone.

Overall, "Stolen Hours" is a beautiful and moving film that explores the complexities of love, marriage, and self-discovery. It's a must-see for anyone who loves classic romantic dramas, and a shining example of the talent and charisma of the actors who brought it to life.

Stolen Hours is a 1963 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (417)