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Time Is My Enemy (1954)

A happily-married woman is blackmailed by her first husband, who she wrongly believed was killed in the Blitz.

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(based on the play "Second Chance"), (screenplay) (as Alan McKinnon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara Everton (as Renee Asherson)
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John Everton
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Susan Shaw ...
Evelyn Gower
Bonar Colleano ...
Harry Bond
Alfie Bass ...
Ernie Gordon
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Aunt Laura (as Agnes Laughlan)
Brenda Hogan ...
Diana
Barbara Graley ...
Betty
Mavis Villiers ...
Gladys
William Franklyn ...
Sgt. Peter Thompson
Dandy Nichols ...
Charwoman
Erik Chitty ...
Ballistics Expert
Howard Layton ...
Surgeon
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A happily-married woman is blackmailed by her first husband, who she wrongly believed was killed in the Blitz.

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Crime | Drama

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24 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tödliche Geschäfte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters depicted in this motion picture are fictitious and bear no relation to any person living or dead. See more »

Goofs

The position of Eddie, the pawnbroker, varies between shots when Martin Radley is trying to pawn the pendant. See more »

Quotes

[Barbara arrives home to find her aunt waiting in the drawing room]
Barbara Everton: Aunt Laura! I was *so* pleased to get your wire. What brings you to London after all these years?
Aunt Laura: Your uncle's going to be hung.
[Barbara is stunned, thinking at first of the execution meaning of "hung"]
Barbara Everton: What?
Aunt Laura: It's that water-colour of Rosedale Abbey and I must say it's good.
[the penny finally drops]
Barbara Everton: You mean he's going to be hung in the Royal Academy?
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Minor British crime programmer with some nice directorial flourishes, some dreadful sets and a sadly under par, but nevertheless highly watchable Dennis Price
1 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

A cheaply made thriller with a convoluted plot, and some clunky dialogue sequences (writing and directing), but enough of interest to keep you going - especially if you like British character actors, like Dandy Nichols, Alfie Bass, William Franklyn and Duncan Lamont. And, for me, a performance by Dennis Price is always worth watching. Although he's rather lacklustre in this supporting feature, he has some nice, sinister moments as an oily villain. His posture is assured and confident, his suits are well cut, he commands attention, and stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, which also boasts a nice performance from Susan Shaw (who was also, at that time, somewhat down on her luck, after a very promising start.) Director Don Chaffey clearly struggles with budget and time constraints and some dodgy sets, but there is a pivotal action sequence (I wont give it away) which is chillingly good - a sudden break from the style of the rest of the film, beautifully directed and edited. It's also interesting to see so much of London, 9 years after the end of WW2, still showing the ravages of the blitz. Nice print running on ABCTV in Australia.


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