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21 Days Together (1940)

21 Days (original title)
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together ... See full summary »


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John Galsworthy (story "The First and the Last"), Basil Dean (scenario) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Leigh ... Wanda
Laurence Olivier ... Larry Durrant
Leslie Banks ... Keith Durrant
Francis L. Sullivan ... Mander
David Horne ... Beavis
William Dewhurst ... Lord Chief Justice
Frederick Lloyd Frederick Lloyd ... Swinton
Robert Newton ... Tolley
Esme Percy ... Henry Wallen
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Frau Grunlich (as Elliot Mason)
Arthur Young Arthur Young ... Asher
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... John Aloysius Evan
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Carl Grunlich
Morris Harvey Morris Harvey ... Alexander MacPherson - Pawnbroker
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Solicitor (as Laurence Hanray)


After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

29 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vivien Leigh replaced Vera Zorina. See more »


Reflection of the boom microphone, silhouetted by a studio light, in a shop window as Larry and Wanda are walking on the street near the beginning of the film. See more »


Wanda: The world can frighten you when you are alone.
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Remade as Die Letzten werden die Ersten sein (1957) See more »


Open Up Dem Pearly Gates For Me
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Vivien Leigh's stinky performance
9 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If 21 Days Together had been made in 1930, I would have cut it more slack. It feels like it was one of the first talking pictures ever made, not like it was made after such epics of Gone with the Wind and Wuthering Heights. The script is disjointed, the direction amateur, and the scene transitions are silly. Plus, Vivien Leigh's performance is so stinky it's impossible to believe she was an Academy Award winning actress.

Real life spouses Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh play sweethearts in the movie, but when her husband shows up after a three-year absence, Larry accidentally kills him. An innocent homeless man, Hay Petrie, gets arrested for the murder, and Larry feels so guilty he turns to Leslie Banks, his brother, for advice. Leslie is up for a prestigious judge appointment, and he doesn't want any scandal, so he encourages Larry to stay silent until the trial. Hence the trial. Larry and Vivien have 21 days of bliss together before they learn the verdict. Naturally, they spend their time taking ferry rides, riding roller coasters, darning socks, and going to the fair. See what I mean? It's pretty silly, almost like a college student was in charge of the story.

Leslie Banks has a larger part than Laurence Olivier, and he's sufficiently nervous and overbearing as the role requires. In turn, Larry is sufficiently brooding and handsome as the role requires. Oddly enough, there's zero chemistry or sparks between him and his wife. Vivien seems like this was her first acting role. If you thought her eyebrow raise as Scarlett O'Hara was good acting, you'll be sorely disappointed when you see it in the same position the entire time during 21 Days Together. With an unflattering haircut and a bad makeup job, she doesn't even look pretty, and her strange delivery of her lines makes it seem like she's faking her British accent. I really can't recommend this movie, I'm sorry to say.

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