The Small Back Room

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At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.

  1. Michael Powell

    Director, Writer

  2. Emeric Pressburger

    Director, Writer

  3. Nigel Balchin


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  1. David Farrar

    David Farrar

    Sammy Rice

  2. Kathleen Byron

    Kathleen Byron


  3. Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    R.B. Waring

  4. Leslie Banks

    Leslie Banks

    Col. A. K. Holland

  5. Michael Gough

    Michael Gough

    Capt. Dick Stuart

  6. Cyril Cusack

    Cyril Cusack

    Cpl. Taylor

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 46m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • February 23, 1952



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

I must have a drink. Ask me to have a drink woman.

The Small Back Room (AKA: Hour of Glory) is directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, with both adapting the screenplay from the Nigel Balchin novel. It stars David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Jack Hawkins, Leslie Banks and Michael Gough. Music is by Brian Easdale and cinematography by Christopher Challis.

As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps across coastline England, Sammy Rice (Farrar) will be tasked with learning the secret to disarming the deadly devices. But first he must beat his private battle with alcohol, his form of se... read the rest.

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