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Dangerous Hours (1919)

Idealistic young American falls under the influence of Communist agitators.


Fred Niblo


Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne (story "A Prodigal in Utopia") (as Donn Byrne), C. Gardner Sullivan (scenario)




Cast overview:
Lloyd Hughes ... John King
Barbara Castleton ... May Weston
Claire Du Brey ... Sophia Guerni
Jack Richardson ... Boris Blotchi
Walt Whitman ... Dr. King
Louis Morrison ... Michael Regan (as Lew Morrison)
Gordon Mullen Gordon Mullen ... Andrew Felton


During a strike at the Paterson, New Jersey, silk mills, John King falls under the spell of Bolshevist agitator Sophia Guerni. When Guerni and her confederate Boris Blotchi decide that their next target will be the peaceful strike at the Weston shipyards, John assents, although his childhood sweetheart May Weston runs the plant and also supports John's poverty-stricken father, Dr. King. However, when John overhears his cohorts extorting money from May, he intervenes and is seriously wounded. After subduing John, the agitators bomb the plant where May and Dr. King have taken refuge. Shaken by the violence, John drives back the mob and renounces his revolutionary doctrine. May then forgives him and the two are happily reunited. Written by Pamela Short

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A Gripping Melodrama as Timely as To-day's Headlines!









Release Date:

December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Americanism (Versus Bolshevism) See more »

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Look Under Your Bed
22 June 2003 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This movie is overwrought, hysterical and little more than tripe. Lloyd Hughs, under the immoral and debilitating influence of a college education, falls for the Bolshevik labor agitators.

While this trash may have some interest to those who wish to understand the propaganda of the period, an era of Red Scares and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover, there is no mention made of the outrages that made such agitators important and gave them the power to organize people. Instead, all the ills of the movement are laid at the feet of Claire Dubrey's character, a woman who is "a rebel against every convention and law civilization has found necessary" without being overly specific. Doubtless she needs to be deprived of her shoes and locked in the kitchen.

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