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The Big Frame(1953)

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The Big Frame was produced and released in England in September 1952 under the title The Lost Hours. The viewed print was British and titled The Lost Hours; however, the above credits were taken from a cutting continuity of the American release print, included in the film's copyright records. The onscreen credits of the British print differ from the American print in that Julian Lesser's "presented by" credit is omitted, and Tempean, not Royal Productions, is identified as the production company. The cast credits also differ. In the British print, photographs of all of the principal actors appear onscreen, with superimposed character names. In the American print, character names are not included on Mark Stevens' and Jean Kent's credit, and none of the cast members has an accompanying still. The cast list in the British print includes eight more actors than the American print. The order of Steve Fisher's and John Gilling's screenwriting credit is reversed on the British print. Some of the scenes in the British print were shortened for the American print; the above summary represents the more complete British print.
       Although Hollywood Reporter reported in October 1951 that Royal Productions, in association with British distributor Eros Films, Ltd. (Tempean), intended The Big Frame to be the first in a series of action pictures featuring the "Paul Smith" character, no other films were made. The same item announced that Bernadette O'Farrell, a "young Irish star," was to play the female lead in the picture.