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Time Without Pity (1957)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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David Graham
Ann Todd ...
Honor Stanford
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Robert Stanford
Paul Daneman ...
Brian Stanford
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Jeremy Clayton
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Alec Graham
Renee Houston ...
Mrs. Harker
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Vickie Harker
Richard Wordsworth ...
Maxwell - the MP
George Devine ...
Barnes - the Editor
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Agnes Cole
Ernest Clark ...
Under-Secretary - Home Office (as Ernest Clarke)
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Prison Chaplain
Hugh Moxey ...
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Dickie Henderson ...
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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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March 1957 (UK)  »

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24 tuntia armonaikaa  »

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The prison gates featured in the film are HMP Wandsworth in SW London. Wandsworth, built in 1851 & still in use, is UK's largest prison with a capacity of 1665 prisoners. Wandsworth was the site of 135 executions, the last in Sept 1961. See more »

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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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Pretentious Claptrap
14 May 2014 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film came out shortly after the hanging of Ruth Ellis and the cries for the abolition of the death penalty in this country.It is interesting to note that the film,despite having big film names,could not find a distributor and a company had to be formed to distribute it.It is not surprising since this film would have been likely to drive even the keenest cinema goer from the building.Difficult to understand what possessed Losey to direct his actors in such a strident manner.His direction is only matched by a discordant score which sounds like a cat walking over an LP.The point the film is trying to make is clearly lost because it really tries to overwhelm the viewer.It is little wonder that it is now unknown and unshown.


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