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Time Without Pity (1957)

The day before a man is to be executed, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

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David Graham
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Honor Stanford
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Brian Stanford
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Jeremy Clayton
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Alec Graham
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Mrs. Harker
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Vickie Harker
Richard Wordsworth ...
Maxwell - the MP
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Barnes - the Editor
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Agnes Cole
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Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he spent a weekend at the English country home of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's father, David Graham, a not-so-successful writer and alcoholic who has neglected his son in the past, flies in from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec repudiates his father's attempts for a final reconciliation. David Graham, convinced of his son's innocence and, despite his preoccupation with himself and his own alcoholism, mounts a last-ditch effort to find the true murderer in the 24 hours remaining until the planned execution. Graham encounters the wealthy and famous car manufacturer Robert Stanford, tyrant at home and in the office and an apparent womanizer, Stanford's young, curiously troubled wife Honar, their ill-at- ease son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brainless secretary at Stanford's factory who has been climbing up the career ... Written by freddy-11

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Director Joseph Losey interviewed Kenneth Williams for a part in the film. See more »

Goofs

As Stanford is driving his race car, reverse shot of the steering wheel clearly show a large ring on his right hand. In the cutaways showing Stanford's face, no ring is on his hand. See more »

Quotes

David Graham: What did Alec say about me?
Brian Stanford: I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
David Graham: In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
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Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »

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Justice in a bizarre, disturbed landscape
28 December 1998 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

A bizarre psychogram of a series of characters, all of whom are disturbed in their own manner. Losey delineates the characters through a series of images which are so effective because they're so simple.

A cheap B-movie. The choppy dramaturgy and editing, viewed from today's perspective, conveys a nervousness and an intensity to the film that was probably lost on a 50's audience. No happy end, but a just and noble one.


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