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Never Let Me Go (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1 May 1953 (USA)
Philip Sutherland is an American news writer stationed in Moscow since the war; while there he falls for a Russian ballet dancer, Marya Lamarkins, who, he finds out, learned English because... See full summary »

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Joe Brooks
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Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
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Valentina Alexandrovna
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Steve Quillan
Karel Stepanek ...
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Lieutenant
Anna Valentina ...
Svetlana Mikhailovna
Frederick Valk ...
Kuragin
Peter Illing ...
N.K.V.D. Man
Robert Henderson ...
U.S. Ambassador
Stanley Maxted ...
John Barnes
Meinhart Maur ...
Lemkov
Alexis Chesnakov ...
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Philip Sutherland is an American news writer stationed in Moscow since the war; while there he falls for a Russian ballet dancer, Marya Lamarkins, who, he finds out, learned English because she fell in love with him. They marry, only to find that the Soviet nation which gladly collaborated with the Allies against Hitler has become a paranoid police state in peacetime. Sutherland is forced to leave without Marya, but he's determined to get her back, whether it be through proper channels, or through dangerously improper ones. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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1 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Es begann in Moskau  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The city presented as Tallinn has a completely different geography than the real Tallinn; the area around the town is flat land. See more »

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Swan Lake
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Curious but solid
20 July 2000 | by (Derbyshire, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An odd film but one that is surprisingly watchable and provides an interesting insight into the early stages of the Cold War. The film conveys the menace of the era and the grim, cold and hate filled place that the Soviet Union always was. Indeed from what we now know, one may even regard the film as being soft on the Communists, as the two Russian women in the film who take western husbands would quite likely have been taken off to labour camps (and 90% likely to have been killed therefore) by Stalin's secret police rather than just denied the chance to leave the country.

Some of the acting leaves a little to be desired and Clark Gable particularly seems like he is being forced into a part and a budget that was several sizes too small for him, but nevertheless a worthy and reasonably intelligent effort.

The Anglo-American angle in the film is one I always enjoy, it is always good to see the Brits and the Americans getting together!


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