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Never Let Me Go (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1 May 1953 (USA)
An American reporter stationed in post-war Moscow marries a ballet dancer, but their relationship is threatened by the country's political volatility.


Delmer Daves


Paul Winterton (novel) (as Roger Bax), Ronald Millar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Philip Sutherland
Gene Tierney ... Marya Lamarkina
Bernard Miles ... Joe Brooks
Richard Haydn ... Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
Belita ... Valentina Alexandrovna
Kenneth More ... Steve Quillan
Karel Stepanek ... Commissar
Theodore Bikel ... Lieutenant
Anna Valentina Anna Valentina ... Svetlana Mikhailovna
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Kuragin
Peter Illing ... N.K.V.D. Man
Robert Henderson ... U.S. Ambassador
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... John Barnes
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Lemkov
Alexis Chesnakov Alexis Chesnakov ... General Zhdanov


Philip Sutherland is an American news writer stationed in Moscow since the war; while there he falls for a Russian ballet dancer, Marya Lamarkins, who, he finds out, learned English because she fell in love with him. They marry, only to find that the Soviet nation which gladly collaborated with the Allies against Hitler has become a paranoid police state in peacetime. Sutherland is forced to leave without Marya, but he's determined to get her back, whether it be through proper channels, or through dangerously improper ones. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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He's terrific in HIS new action-adventure romance !


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This was Kenneth More's last supporting role before his success in Genevieve. See more »


During the scene in the ballet theater, two Soviet Army officers bearing flashlights search through the audience looking for a doctor. They shine their light on Sutherland and apparently identify him by his epaulets as a medical corps doctor, but in fact, the epaulets indicate nothing but his rank as a colonel. A medical emergency in such a situation would have been addressed in the usual manner - by a public notice over a loud speaker. See more »


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Swan Lake
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Beautiful Romance between an American and Russian
20 October 2003 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

"Never Let Me Go" is truly Clark Gable's last romantic movie. It shows the hardships on how an American reporter and a Russian ballerina must endure in order to marry and leave Russia. The movie shows how the Russian government interferred with the romance. In real life, Russia would hve done worst things to stop the romance, but this is a Hollywood romantic movie in the 1950's.

Clark Gable and the beautiful Gene Tierney make a beautiful couple and you route for them to escape and live happily ever after. This is a great movie to see on a rainy day or any day. It is on video.

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Release Date:

1 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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