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Never Let Go (1960)

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

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John Cummings
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Lionel Meadows
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Anne Cummings
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Tommy Towers
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Jackie
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Alfie Barnes
Noel Willman ...
Inspector Thomas
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Cliff
Peter Jones ...
Alec Berger
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Mackinnon
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Regan
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Pennington
John Dunbar ...
Station Sergeant
Charles Houston ...
Cyril Spink
Cyril Shaps ...
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A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

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Peter Sellers in a new and exciting role!

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28 November 1960 (Sweden)  »

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A Fúria de um Bravo  »

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When this film appeared in 1960, Peter Sellers had become an internationally-acclaimed star of comedies, but had never been seen in a serious drama like this violent thriller. People were so unused to see him playing someone unpleasant and aggressive that the film was a great critical and financial flop. Sellers himself, perhaps defensively, dismissed his performance sarcastically as "my attempt to be Rod Steiger". However, over the years, the film gained a small but vociferous cult following and Sellers's work in it has been much praised. See more »

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When Meadows goes upstairs after being interviewed by the police, Jackie is wearing an off-the-shoulder top and has bare shoulders. However, when Meadows takes her into the bedroom, a bra strap is now visible on her right shoulder. See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Arranged and conducted by John Barry
Lyrics by Louis Lambert
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Wow...this was a different performance for Peter Sellers.
21 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the star of this film technically is Richard Todd, Peter Sellers' supporting performance dominates the film and it's no surprise that the DVD features Sellers on the cover, not Todd. It's one of the better performances of his career--and, interestingly, it's not at all comedic but a VERY gritty and serious role.

The film begins with a working man (Todd) leaving work--only to discover that his car's been stolen. He goes to the police but after a couple days there doesn't appear to be any chance he'll get it back--and it's not insured. Todd is a very mild-mannered man and not the sort you'd expect to do anything about the crime, but his car is needed for his job and he won't let it rest. So, he starts trying to find leads on his own--and repeatedly he nearly gets himself killed. Yet, for once this mild-mannered man is NOT going to just back down--he will follow this as far as he can and the consequences be damned. Through the course of Todd's investigations, the trail leads to a truly horrible man (Sellers). On the surface, Sellers seems sophisticated and mild-mannered himself. However, he is a very violent bully--and this comes out with the least provocation. What's to happen next? Tune in to this excellent film to see for yourself--just be forewarned...it's amazingly brutal for 1960--so brutal the Brits gave it what is equivalent to a restricted rating!

As I said, Sellers is at his best here. Wearing bulky clothes (and perhaps lifts to make him look taller), he looks beefier and plays a great heavy. His violent and sadistic routine is mesmerizing--and it was hard to believe this is the same guy who made a career out of making people laugh. Here, he's malevolent and cruel--and very effective. Now all this does NOT mean Todd isn't quite good as well--he is. But even in turning in a dandy performance himself, he is overshadowed by the malevolent Sellers. The sum effect of both of them is quite compelling--making a simple and inexpensive film much better than you'd ever expect. If you like to see excellent acting and characters, then see this one.


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