Count the Hours
|Count the Hours!|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Don Siegel|
|Produced by||Benedict Bogeaus|
|Screenplay by||Doane R. Hoag|
|Story by||Doane R. Hoag|
|Music by||Louis Forbes|
|Edited by||James Leiceste|
Benedict Bogeaus Production
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
The bodies of farmer Fred Morgan and his housekeeper are found. Suspicion falls on hired hand George Braden, who owns a handgun that his pregnant wife Ellen disposes of in a panic.
Braden confesses under the interrogation of district attorney Jim Gillespie, possibly to spare his wife any more grief. Doug Madison is assigned the case in court, but doesn't believe in Braden's innocence until he sees Ellen diving into the lake, attempting to retrieve the gun.
Madison's fiancee doesn't want him defending an unpopular client because it could harm his political future. A diver hired by Madison makes a play for Ellen, and when he is fired, he suggests Madison is romantically involved with Ellen.
After a conviction and death sentence for Braden, it comes to Madison's attention that an ex-con named Max Verne had worked for the dead man and made threats after being dismissed. Madison ends up in a race against time to prove Braden's innocence before he is executed.