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Take My Life (1947)

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A man wrongly accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend must rely on his wife to do the detective work and find the real killer. The murder trial proceeds while the wife continues sleuthing, ... See full summary »

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Inspector Archer
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Elizabeth Rusman
Marjorie Mars ...
Mrs. Newcombe
David Walbridge ...
Leslie Newcombe
Herbert C. Walton ...
Grieve
D.A. Mehan ...
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Hugh Kelly ...
Casualty Ward Doctor
Dorothy Bramhall ...
Nurse
Nelly Arno ...
Mrs. Rusman
Frederick Morant ...
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A man wrongly accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend must rely on his wife to do the detective work and find the real killer. The murder trial proceeds while the wife continues sleuthing, and precious time ticks away. Written by Neil-117

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Bog standard British mystery
1 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nicholas Talbot is the husband and manager of wealthy opera singer Phillipa Shelley. Tensions in the marriage are raised when Nicholas meets Elizabeth, an old flame, after a show. Hours later Elizabeth is killed at her flat with Nicholas not having an alibi. On trial for murder he looks to be heading for certain imprisonment – but Phillipa starts following her own clues in an attempt to uncover the truth.

I didn't have a clue what this was about until I watched it – so I had no preconceptions about it. It seemed to start well enough as the stall was laid out and clues were shown. However it quickly became dull and only really got better when the wife started looking for clues herself. However the thing that actually helps her find the real killer is such an absurd plot twist that it's more silly than anything else. The final 10 minutes are good but can't make this anything more than a dull mystery.

The cast are quite good but don't really have any character. I thought the fat lawyer character would play a bigger role and potentially have character a la Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution, however he didn't. Similarly the accused and his wife are quite cardboard.

Overall it's not terrible but it has nothing whatsoever that will stay in your memory. Not really worth watching.


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