The Lost Hours
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid MacDonald
Written bySteve Fisher
John Gilling
Story byRobert S. Baker
Carl Nystrom
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
StarringMark Stevens
Jean Kent
John Bentley
CinematographyMonty Berman
Edited byReginald Beck
Music byWilliam Hill-Bowen
Distributed byEros Films (UK)
RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Release date
  • September 1952 (1952-09)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Lost Hours is a 1952 British film noir directed by David MacDonald and starring Mark Stevens, Jean Kent and John Bentley.[1][2] It was produced by Tempean Films which specialised in making second features at the time, and marked Kent's first descent into B films after her 1940s stardom.[3] It was shot at Isleworth Studios and on location around London.[4][5] The film's sets were designed by the art director Andrew Mazzei. It was released in the United States the following year by RKO Pictures as The Big Frame.

Plot summary

An American returns for a reunion in the United Kingdom, where he served as a pilot during the Second World War, but finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit.



  1. ^ The Lost Hours at the BFI Database
  2. ^ "The Big Frame (1952) - David MacDonald | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  3. ^ Chibnall & McFarlane p.86
  4. ^ "Denham Studios". BFI. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Reelstreets | Lost Hours, The (aka The Big Frame)".