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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.


Ronald Neame


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Williams ... Nicholas Talbot
Greta Gynt ... Phillipa Shelley
Leo Bieber Leo Bieber ... Parone - Orchestra Conductor
Marjorie Mars Marjorie Mars ... Mrs. Newcombe
David Wallbridge David Wallbridge ... Leslie Newcombe
Francis L. Sullivan ... Prosecuting Counsel
Rosalie Crutchley ... Elizabeth Rusman
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... Grieve
Marius Goring ... Sidney Fleming
Dodd Mehan Dodd Mehan ... Chemist (as D.A. Mehan)
Henry Edwards ... Inspector Archer
Hugh Kelly Hugh Kelly ... Casualty Ward Doctor
Dorothy Bramhall Dorothy Bramhall ... Nurse
Nelly Arno Nelly Arno ... Mrs. Rusman
Frederick Morant Frederick Morant ... Concert Agent


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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Release Date:

30 May 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rettende Lied See more »

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Production Co:

Cineguild See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Made its television debut on 10 September 1956 on the American ABC network. See more »


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 »


Prosecuting Counsel: Who knows what a murderer should look like?
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An opera diva gets mixed up with her husband in a murder mystery of extreme cruelty
16 March 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Brilliant thriller with a musical touch to it, the key to the solution being a tiny melody putting the primadonna Greta Gynt on the track. This to me unknown actress dominates the film with a vengeance, never giving up on her lonely and heroic quest to clear her husband, wrongly accused of murder because of unfortunate circumstances speaking against him. The other great female part is Rosalie Crutchley, here very young but already deeply fascinating with her demonic suavity. Francis Sullivan is domineering as usual as the prosecutor and as perfectly objective as the lawyer Jaggers in "Great Expectations" the previous year, but the most interesting part is Marius Goring. He always makes overly intelligent parts risking to run amuck, but here you get closer to his hidden menace than ever. It was Ronald Neame's debut as a director, and it matches more than well any sustained thriller by Hitchcock or Anthony Asquith. It's brilliantly written, flattering the audience by always letting them know more than the actors, and the finale is a cliffhanger with a surprise to it. It was a long time since you last saw such a clever thriller.

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