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They Won't Believe Me (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 16 July 1947 (USA)
On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), Gordon McDonell (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Verna Carlson
Robert Young ... Larry Ballentine
Jane Greer ... Janice Bell
Rita Johnson ... Greta Ballentine
Tom Powers ... Trenton
George Tyne ... Lieutenant Carr
Don Beddoe ... Thomason
Frank Ferguson ... Cahill
Harry Harvey ... Judge Charles Fletcher
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Storyline

On trial for murder, Larry Ballentine regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders with other women while his rich, loving wife Greta tries to keep him in line. According to Larry, his girlfriend Verna dies accidentally in a car crash and his distraught wife tosses herself over a cliff after he runs out on her. The jury has a tough decision on this one. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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From out of the past, came the ghosts of the women he had spurned... to be deadly witnesses at his trial for life! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rua das Almas Perdidas See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When RKO re-released this in 1957, they cut it down from 95 minutes to 80 minutes, for more convenient double-billing, a typical practice at that time, especially for RKO. Turner Classic Movies repeatedly shows the 80 minute version, despite the fact that the 95 minute version has been restored and is marketed on DVD. See more »

Goofs

At one of the cuts between shots when Greta is helping pack Larry's suitcase for his trip to Montreal, the suitcase changes from open to closed and Greta's position changes from hands resting on the suitcase to arms crossed. See more »

Quotes

Larry Ballentine: [referring to Verna] She looked like a very special kind of dynamite, neatly wrapped in nylon and silk. Only I wasn't having any. I'd been too close to one explosion already. I was powder shy.
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Alternate Versions

Reissue prints have been cut to 80 minutes. This is the version currently being shown on TCM. The uncut 95 minute original release is available on a long out-of-print laserdisc, released by Image Entertainment in 1990. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Bonds of Steele (1986) See more »

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Very good noir that probably fell victim to the code
8 June 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Robert Young as a philanderer - that should tip you off that "They Won't Believe Me" is going to be unusual. Before finding success as a warm dad and a kind doctor on television, Young often played romantic roles, earnest roles, or the uptight boss. Occasionally, though, the role of someone with a criminal mind would sneak in. Here, Young plays a man who marries a woman for her money and then cheats on her constantly - though he always goes back to the comforts of home. After dumping one woman, portrayed by Jane Greer, he picks up with a secretary in his securities firm, a young Susan Hayward - he leaves her, too, but has second thoughts. The result is a very interesting drama, told in flashback.

This is an excellent movie with a surprise ending that probably was insisted on to satisfy the code. The acting is very good all around. Young comes off as just slimy enough without being offensively so; Hayward's gold digger is glamorous, sexy, and conniving; and Jane Greer, in the most sympathetic role, looks fabulous and is her usual marvelous self as a woman who can't help loving this man, even with his flaws. Rita Johnson is very good as Young's attractive and determined wife.

All in all, I really enjoyed "They Won't Believe Me." Very entertaining.


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