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Time Without Pity (1957)

The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... David Graham
Ann Todd ... Honor Stanford
Leo McKern ... Robert Stanford
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... Brian Stanford
Peter Cushing ... Jeremy Clayton
Alec McCowen ... Alec Graham
Renee Houston ... Mrs. Harker
Lois Maxwell ... Vickie Harker
Richard Wordsworth ... Maxwell, the M.P.
George Devine George Devine ... Barnes, the Editor
Joan Plowright ... Agnes Cole
Ernest Clark ... Under-Secretary, Home Office (as Ernest Clarke)
Peter Copley ... Prison Chaplain
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Prison Governor
Dickie Henderson Dickie Henderson ... Comedian
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Storyline

Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he was spending the night at the flat of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's father, David Graham, a not-so-successful writer and alcoholic who has neglected his son in the past, flies in the day before the planned execution from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec is resigned to his fate and not amenable to his father's attempts for a final reconciliation. David Graham, convinced of his son's innocence and, despite his preoccupation with himself and his own alcoholism, mounts a last-ditch effort to find the true murderer in the 24 hours remaining until the planned execution. Graham encounters the wealthy and famous car manufacturer Robert Stanford, tyrant at home and in the office and an apparent womanizer, Stanford's young, curiously troubled wife Honor, their ill-at- ease adopted son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brazen ... Written by freddy-11

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters in the story are fictitious and any similarity with persons alive or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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The camera crew is reflected in the door of Clayton's car as it pulls up at the prison with Graham. See more »

Quotes

David Graham: What did Alec say about me?
Brian Stanford: I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
David Graham: In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
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Relentless Thriller
29 March 2002 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

This Emlyn Williams play about the relentless search for truth intertwines craftily in and out of the lives of some very imperfect human beings and builds to a surprising but inevitable ending.

Redgrave, McKern, Todd, Plowright, Maxwell, Daneman and the rest of the cast all do well to bring this gritty black and white puzzle into focus. The son played by Alec McGowen was a bit over-the-top at times but then his character's madness required that.

It's not a masterpiece...but I don't expect there are too many of those around. But what it does provide in dramatic tension elicits interest and compassion from the viewer until the very end.

The Tristram Cary music must be cited here for its unflinching power to shake us up and take notice of the action on the screen. If there is any masterful work here it is the music.

The only qualm was the less-than-satisfying editing which tended to bring the down the tension-building instead of heightening it.

Yes, it was a low-budget movie...it's a cop-out to say that in view of the fine acting of the magnificent cast which redeemed it many times over.

I'd recommend this to fans of film-noir, classic thrillers, mysteries and the British cinema.


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