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One Hour Before Dawn

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One Hour Before Dawn
One Hour Before Dawn (1920) - 1.jpg
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Directed byHenry King
Written byFred Myton
Based onBehind Red Curtains
by Mansfield Scott
Produced byJesse D. Hampton
StarringH. B. Warner
Anna Q. Nilsson
CinematographyVictor Milner
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • July 11, 1920 (1920-07-11)
Running time
53 minutes[1]

One Hour Before Dawn (aka Behind Red Curtains[1]) is a 1920 silent film mystery directed by Henry King, written by Fred Myton[1] and starring H. B. Warner, Frank Leigh and Anna Q. Nilsson. It was produced by Jesse D. Hampton and released by Pathé Exchange.[2]

Anna Q. Nilsson emigrated to Hollywood from Sweden in 1910 to become a silent film actress, but failed to make the transition to talkies.[1] She made a total of 200 films., almost 50 of them sound. She never completely recovered from a fall from her horse at the beginning of the 30s, but was always in demand for smaller parts, among them Sunset Boulevard and Seven brides for seven brides, her last in 1954. When she died in 1974 several American television stations interrupted their programme to show clips from her films


When a hypnotist named Norman Osgood mesmerizes a man named Harrison Kirke without his consent, Kirke threatens to kill him. Afraid for his life, Osgood hypnotizes another man named George Clayton and tells him he must murder Mr. Kirke one hour before the arrival of the dawn. Kirke is found murdered the next day, and Clayton starts to believe he was the murderer. He is exonerated in the end, however, when the identity of the real murderer is discovered.


Preservation status

  • A print exists at Bois d'Arcy in France.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. pp. 227–228. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "One Hour Before Dawn". September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Retrieved September 29, 2017.

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