The 13th Hour
Released: February 6, 1947
65 Minutes

Directed by
William Clemens

Written by
Edward Bock
Raymond L. Schrock

Richard Dix .... Steve Reynolds
Karen Morley .... Eileen Blair
John Kellogg .... Charlie Cook
Jim Bannon .... Jerry Mason
Regis Toomey .... Don Parker
Bernadene Hayes .... Mabel Sands
Mark Dennis .... Tommy Blair
Anthony Warde .... Ranford
Ernie Adams .... McCabe
Cliff Clark .... Police Captain Linfield

Suggested by the
Columbia Broadcasting System Program
"The Whistler"

Director of Photography
Vincent Farrar, A.S.C.

Produced by
Rudolph C. Flothow

One Sheet

Title Lobby Card
The small-time trucker refuses to be
pushed out by a big-time threats!
The Thirteenth Hour
Steve Reynolds (Richard Dix), a truck driver operating his own trucking firm, is engaged to Eileen Blair (Karen Morley,) proprietress of a diner who runs the business with the aid of her twelve-year-old son, Tommy (Mark Dennis). One night Steve smashes into a gasoline station to avoid a collision with a reckless driver. Motor policeman Don Parker (Regis Toomey), also in love with Eileen, arrests Steve for drunken driving. Steve's license is revoked. Jerry Mason (Jim Bannon), Steve's competitor, tries to buy him out, offering jobs to both Steve and his mechanic, Charlie (John Kellogg). Steve refuses the deal.

Some time later while Steve is driving his truck, without a license, he is struck from behind by a masked assailant who then takes the wheel. Don, seeing the speeding vehicle, flags it clown. The masked culprit then releases the brake, and Don is crushed to death. Steve revives. In a fight, the mysterious rider loses his glove.

Steve finds the thumb of it is stuffed with cotton. He goes to Eileen and Tommy and convinces them of his innocence. Eileen places the glove in her safe.
Friends fall out as mounting murders
tighten the net on the killers!
The killer forget his glove...
and a fistfull of diamonds!

Afraid that his story won't be believed, Steve hides out at Charlie's place. From Charlie, now a night watchman at Jerry's garage, Steve learns that the assailant is at the garage. Steve arrives to find Jerry murdered and Charlie slugged. Later, Eileen discovers that the cotton padding of the glove, Steve's only proof of his innocence, is a cache of diamonds. Mabel (Bernadene Hayes), a new waitress at Eileen's diner, arouses Steve's suspicions. He rushes to Charlie to enlist his aid. When they enter Mabel's room, Charlie pulls a gun and demands the diamonds. He admits that he killed Don, who was blackmailing him. Charlie then forces Steve to write a note to Eileen to give up the glove. Eileen gives the note to Tommy before going to Mabel's residence with Charlie. Tommy calls the police. Mabel turns state's evidence, and Steve is cleared.

Richard Dix tracks down the hot-car racketeers!

Crime PAYS...but with bullets and tears!

Suddenly the dark trail of murder becomes clear as day!

Twisted evidence turns to squeeze him into the racketeers' trap!

This image came from
The UK 13th Hour pressbook.

Image of the Six Sheet from
The US Thirteenth Hour pressbook.
Driving Car Like Old Times for Dix

Richard Dix is happy to have his hands on the steering wheel of a car once again in the movies, and to tear licketysplit down a highway in an effort to circumvent the villains.

Dix fans who are out of knickers and bobby sox will be happy too, for they will recall the days when Richard was the hero of the popular auto racing picture, "The Lucky Devil," in which he drove to fame and fortune and won the hand of pretty, blonde Esther Ralston.

The star isn't playing an auto racer in his newest Columbia melodrama, "The Thirteenth Hour," but he does get a chance to do some swift and fancy driving anyway. His role in the film is that of a stalwart truckman, who gets mixed up with a mysterious cache of diamonds, several murders and the inevitable girl. The girl, in this particular case, is attractive Karen Morley. "The part is more dramatic than the ones I used to do at Goldwyn's and Paramount. Then, I played devil-may-care, brassy boys who were strong on wisecracks, and back in some of those early films I made the jokes via printed titles," grinned Dix.

As a matter of fact Dix looks much as he did in the era before sound movies and in the early days of the talkies, when he starred in such unforgettable films as "Cimmaron." Dix is just as muscular, just as brisk. And he is quite as quick as ever with his fists, if one is to judge by the rough and tumble bout he has with Jim Bannon in "The Thirteenth Hour." "Yes, movies have changed a lot since, as a youngster, I deserted the stage and started working in Hollywood," Dix said.

Three Sheet Image from
The US 13th Hour pressbook.
"The old, ramshackle studios have been replaced by mod- ern sound-proofed affairs. Cameras have been improved, lighting is better. But one thing is just the same as ever." At this point, Dix paused and laughed. "I'm talking about this axle grease I've got smeared over my face, arms and hands. It's just as sticky and smells about as bad as it did in the old days when I seemed to spend most of my time before the cameras driving a racing car like a bat out of helldorado."

Dix Gets Rare Film

Screen star Richard Dix has one of the most extensive libraries of 16 mm films in Hollywood. But one picture, "The Christian," in which he appeared with Mae Busch many years ago, continued to elude him although he searched for it over ten years. One day on the set of Columbia's "The Thirteenth Hour," Dix received a print of the film from a fan whose father had formerly managed a theatre and who had found it stored away in the family garage!

Meet Richard Dix - 'Heap Big Chief'

Richard Dix is known as "Heap Big Chief" around the Columbia studio these days. Recently, Princess Konnewe-ho, of the Navajo tribe, visited Dix on the set of "The Thirteenth Hour." While chatting with Karen Morley, the princess revealed that the Navajos had made Dix an honorary chieftain of the tribe several years ago, because of his tribute to the American Indian in such of his earlier starring films as "Redskin" and "The Vanishing American." Karen told the members of the Columbia company about Dix's royal title after the princess had left the lot and it has been "Heap Big Chief" for Richard ever since.

Note the slight differences between the A (left) & B (right) style Half Sheets.

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