Count the Hours

Count the Hours! is a 1953 crime film noir directed by Don Siegel, featuring Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, John Craven, and Jack Elam.[2]

Count the Hours!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDon Siegel
Produced byBenedict Bogeaus
Screenplay byDoane R. Hoag
Karen DeWolf
Story byDoane R. Hoag
StarringMacdonald Carey
Teresa Wright
John Craven
Jack Elam
Music byLouis Forbes
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byJames Leiceste
Benedict Bogeaus Production
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • April 1, 1953 (1953-04-01) (US)[1]
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.


See also


  1. "Count the Hours: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  2. Count the Hours at the TCM Movie Database.

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