A dull witted young labourer from a criminal family is sent to gaol for a minor crime, leaving his pregnant girlfriend unmarried. But while there he is talked into attacking a guard, who ... See full summary »

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(TV play) (as James O'Connor)
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Tony Selby ...
Danny Lee
Rita Webb ...
Britannia Lee
Finnuala O'Shannon ...
Rosa (as Finuala O'Shannon)
Dickie Owen ...
Big Al
Will Stampe ...
Porky
John Blythe ...
Jimmy the Gent
Bernard Shine ...
P.C. 'One-a-day'
Wally Patch ...
Prisoner in Black Maria
Ken Wayne ...
Prisoner in Black Maria
Alec Ross ...
Nick Carney
George Webb ...
Jim Ritchie
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Prison Officer Johnson
Howell Evans ...
Prison Officer Morgan
Eric Mason ...
Millin
Alan Cooper ...
Maguire
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A dull witted young labourer from a criminal family is sent to gaol for a minor crime, leaving his pregnant girlfriend unmarried. But while there he is talked into attacking a guard, who later dies, so he's then sentenced to hang for his crime, despite a protest and newspaper campaign for leniency. Written by WesternOne

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7 April 1965 (UK)  »

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The title of this film is taken from the Home Office ruling on capital punishment that "three clear Sundays" must elapse between a judge pronouncing sentence of death and the convicted prisoner being executed by hanging. See more »

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Anti-capital punishment
30 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

The anti-hero of this story, Danny, is a smiling, low IQ young man designed to pull sympathy. He's tricked (rather incredibly) into attacking a warder in the prison he's serving in. The attack becomes a murder, but since it was intended only to hurt or maim, we're asked to take that as less deserving of a murder's proscribed punishment.That he's not too bright is supposed to mitigate things. We're shown one of his follow prisoners on death row who's obviously quite mad.Maybe Danny is innocent by way of insanity? On the day of his sentence, guards ambush him in his cell to violently bind him up to take him to the gallows-then we cut to quotations from official papers describing just how terrible hangings can be.

Danny is a pretty obvious straw man- based on Timothy Evans, the illiterate falsely convicted and hanged murderer in 1950. We are never supposed to consider or sympathise with a murder victim. Is it any less horrific to have one's head opened with an iron pipe than to have a rope stretch one's neck? This sort of clouding the issue paid off, as really "3 Clear Sundays" is a post-mortem on the death penalty, this transmission coming eight months after the last hanging in Britain.


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