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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. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the ... 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. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the man is found guilty then Larry will give himself up and prevent an innocent man going 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Larry: My brother the judge!
Mander: That's right young man, your brother the judge.
Keith: Oh, hello Mander.
Mander: Mind you don't come before him though - he'll be a hanging judge!
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Delayed release
9 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

According to the Citadel Film Series book on the Films of Laurence Olivier 21 Days was made immediately after Olivier and Vivien Leigh met on Fire Over England. But was shelved after Alexander Korda was not pleased with the results. Later when after Leigh scored so well in Gone With The Wind and Olivier in Wuthering Heights in Hollywood and became international names it was decided to release this film. The team appeared in Fire Over England and That Hamilton Woman and this film is definitely inferior to both of those.

It did have potential though, the story comes from John Galsworthy though it's hardly the Forsyte Saga. It concerns Olivier as the ne'er do well younger brother of barrister Leslie Banks who is about to get a big judicial appointment. Olivier has been keeping company with Leigh and then Esme Percy shows up claiming to be her husband. During a struggle Olivier comes out the victor and Percy's body is left on the street to be discovered.

A murder involving his brother might just kill that appointment so Banks works a cover-up and Olivier and Leigh get out of town to a romantic idyll.

The suspense and the romance don't really gel that well together in 21 Days. Possibly someone like Alfred Hitchcock could have made this work. I will say the ending is something out of Hitchcock.

21 Days is about 15 days too long.

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