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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 ...
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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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March 1957 (UK)  »

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John Chandos replaced Felix Felton 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 »

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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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What would Horace Rumpole have said?
2 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally caught this interesting little film about six months ago on Turner Classic films. This is based on one of Emlyn Williams twisty murder plays (like his classic, NIGHT MUST FALL). Here we have Michael Redgrave as the father of Alec MacGowan (who is on death row) trying to find out who actually committed the murder his son is charged with. Redgrave is an alcoholic, and a failed parent, and his every effort is stymied by hostility and stonewalling. But slowly he realizes that the guilty party is a millionaire car manufacturer played by Leo McKern. Peter Cushing also appears, as the solicitor who gradually becomes convinced that Redgrave knows what he's talking about (a welcome normal role for the horror film star). I recommend the film, particularly for the ironic way that Redgrave finally turns the tables on McKern, making it impossible for McKern to escape punishment.


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