Count the Hours ★★★

A minor Don Siegel thriller with lawyer Macdonald Carey going far to try to save a client from hanging on a bad murder case. It is limited some by a cast that just lacks personality (save for a fun taciturn Jack Elam as the actual killer) which makes the nom investigative scenes rather rough (the every 20 minutes or so scenes with Carey's fiancee try to convice him to quit are particularly hard). Yet it moves fast and packs plenty of plot in its 70 minutes running time. Siegel control of narrative and some fine offbeat atmosphere keeps it always intriguing even if it is more of a rough draft to better thrillers to come.