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They Won't Believe Me (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 16 July 1947 (USA)
During courtroom drama, philandering California stockbroker Larry Balantine, on trial for murdering his wife and girlfriend, takes the stand to explain those deaths as simply being accidents.

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Storyline

On trial for murder, Larry Ballantyne regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders to other women while his rich loving wife Gretta tries to keep him in line. According to Larry, his girlfriend Verna dies accidentally in a car crash and his distraught wife tosses herself over a cliff after he runs out on her. The jury has a tough decision on this one. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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When a man goes to the devil he usually takes a woman with him... this man took THREE! See more »


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A Rua das Almas Perdidas  »

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Trivia

The date on the $25,000 check Larry rips up after the swim in the lake is the end of World War II, August 22 1945. See more »

Goofs

When Larry and Verna are driving to Reno and the truck veers in front of them, the windshield cracks before they collide. See more »

Quotes

Larry Ballentine: This is more than just a trip to Montreal.
Greta Ballentine: I know.
Larry Ballentine: I'm leaving... for good.
Greta Ballentine: Did you remember to pack your gold cufflinks?
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Bonds of Steele (1986) See more »

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The 'Homme Fatal'
10 June 2003 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

While the Femme Fatale is not a necessary ingredient to make a film 'Noir', it can serve as an interesting point of departure in discussing some films.

The only real problem one might have with THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME is the casting of Robert Young in the lead. What was Young's appeal, how did he get to be such a big star? Would these three lovely women really find this particular penniless creep that attractive? Like Mr Doyle below, for the first 20 minutes I kept trying to re-cast him in my mind--Mitchum could have pulled it off very well. Young's lack of charisma notwithstanding, this film has a very enjoyable flashback structure and a VERY NOIR sense of enclosing doom around an admittedly well-played cad protagonist. There is a wonderful sense of Noir irony in this film: his 'problems' seem to resolve themselves, then they turn back on him.

What I am going to suggest is that this is a film in which the male protag is his own 'Femme Fatale' (the French might say 'Homme Fatal')--the women here are only victims, with Jane Greer as a falsified accomplice. As Eduard Franz says in THE SCAR, "There is no escape. Sooner or later it will catch up with you". THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME's final irony is one for the noir books: hokey, perhaps for some, but nicely pulpish, and rather satisfying.


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