The Desperate Hours (1955)

William Wyler directs Humphrey Bogart, Frederic March and Martha Scott in this thriller where three escaped convicts hold a family hostage in their suburban home.

The very first yuppie – in – peril movie. Creaky and slow going now, it never fully exploits having it straights in such dangerous proximity to the psychos. An ageing Bogart plays it tough one last time but you have little fear he’ll hurt the women or children. I’m sure this was considered cutting edge in its day.


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