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Take My Life (1947)

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

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A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to convict Mr. Talbot of killing his former girlfriend. Written by blogmonstermike.wordpress.com

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30 May 1947 (UK)  »

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The line that Elizabeth Rusman writes is from Lord Byron's epic poem, "Don Juan," Stanza 199. "Alas, the love of women! it is known To be a lovely and a fearful thing." See more »

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There is an enormous hole in the plot near the end. Since the character played by Ronald Adam turns out to be a detective, he could have arrested Marius Goring as soon as he confessed to the murder. Instead, after Goring's confession, Adam leaves Goring and Greta Gynt together alone in the carriage, causing Gynt to be nearly murdered herself. See more »

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Defending Counsel: The prosecution asks us to believe that Talbot, hurt in the struggle, went at once to the nearest hospital and asked for his wound to be dressed. Look at him in the dock. Look at him closely. I ask you first if he looks like a murderer and second if he looks like a fool. Remember that on your decision depends a man's life. You and only you can decide if this man shall die...
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Bog standard British mystery
1 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Nicholas Talbot is the husband and manager of wealthy opera singer Phillipa Shelley. Tensions in the marriage are raised when Nicholas meets Elizabeth, an old flame, after a show. Hours later Elizabeth is killed at her flat with Nicholas not having an alibi. On trial for murder he looks to be heading for certain imprisonment – but Phillipa starts following her own clues in an attempt to uncover the truth.

I didn't have a clue what this was about until I watched it – so I had no preconceptions about it. It seemed to start well enough as the stall was laid out and clues were shown. However it quickly became dull and only really got better when the wife started looking for clues herself. However the thing that actually helps her find the real killer is such an absurd plot twist that it's more silly than anything else. The final 10 minutes are good but can't make this anything more than a dull mystery.

The cast are quite good but don't really have any character. I thought the fat lawyer character would play a bigger role and potentially have character a la Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution, however he didn't. Similarly the accused and his wife are quite cardboard.

Overall it's not terrible but it has nothing whatsoever that will stay in your memory. Not really worth watching.


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