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21 Days Together (1940)

21 Days (original title)
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together ... See full summary »

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Lord Chief Justice
Frederick Lloyd ...
Swinton
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Tolley
Esme Percy ...
Wallen
Elliott Mason ...
Frau. Grunlich (as Elliot Mason)
Arthur Young ...
Asher
Hay Petrie ...
Meinhart Maur ...
Grunlich
Morris Harvey ...
Pawnbroker
Laurence Hanray ...
Solicitor
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After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Excitingly Together!

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29 April 1940 (USA)  »

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This movie was filmed in 1937 but released on January 7, 1940. William Dewhurst, who played the Lord Chief Justice, died on October 26, 1937. His only child, Paul, died in 1937 fighting in the Spanish Civil War, only a few months before William Dewhurst's demise. See more »

Goofs

Reflection of the boom microphone, silhouetted by a studio light, in a shop window as Larry and Wanda are walking on the street near the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Keith: We're in this together now. What we both need is courage.
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Remade as Die Letzten werden die Ersten sein (1957) See more »

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I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
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Written by John Glover Kind
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Delayed release
9 December 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

According to the Citadel Film Series book on the Films of Laurence Olivier 21 Days was made immediately after Olivier and Vivien Leigh met on Fire Over England. But was shelved after Alexander Korda was not pleased with the results. Later when after Leigh scored so well in Gone With The Wind and Olivier in Wuthering Heights in Hollywood and became international names it was decided to release this film. The team appeared in Fire Over England and That Hamilton Woman and this film is definitely inferior to both of those.

It did have potential though, the story comes from John Galsworthy though it's hardly the Forsyte Saga. It concerns Olivier as the ne'er do well younger brother of barrister Leslie Banks who is about to get a big judicial appointment. Olivier has been keeping company with Leigh and then Esme Percy shows up claiming to be her husband. During a struggle Olivier comes out the victor and Percy's body is left on the street to be discovered.

A murder involving his brother might just kill that appointment so Banks works a cover-up and Olivier and Leigh get out of town to a romantic idyll.

The suspense and the romance don't really gel that well together in 21 Days. Possibly someone like Alfred Hitchcock could have made this work. I will say the ending is something out of Hitchcock.

21 Days is about 15 days too long.


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