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Time Without Pity (1957)

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

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Airs Fri. Oct. 19, 3:30 PM on TCM

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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 Richard Wordsworth ... Maxwell - the MP
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 spent a weekend at the English country home 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 from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec repudiates 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 Honar, their ill-at- ease son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brainless secretary at Stanford's factory who has been climbing up the career ... Written by freddy-11

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IT all started with a scream...

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

24 tuntia armonaikaa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Chandos replaced Felix Felton See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, what is supposed to be a showroom for "Stanford" Motor cars is a Rootes showroom. The names Hillman and Commer, both Rootes products are clearly stenciled on the window. Also, the Stanford logo, visible on the office wall is simply the Mercedes Benz three-pointed star with a couple of extra circles. Later, the "Stanford" car that Robert Stanford drives at the proving ground is a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gull-wing coupe, one of the most easily recognizable sports cars of the 1950's. 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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Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »

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An Hysterical Mess
2 October 2016 | by JETTCO48See all my reviews

Just watched this on Talking Pictures. This channel are doing a great job in bringing us a wide range of "long missing from TV" movies, most of the time in excellent prints.

Not sure what to say about this? I think Michael Redgrave is/was one of our greatest actors, but... everyone has there off days, and, in this movie, EVERYONE seems to be having an off day!

Losey whips them all up into a frenzy of over acting, particularly Leo McKern & Alec McOwen, and things are not helped by the ridiculously over-wrought musical score, which at times drowns out the dialogue.

By the end, I couldn't have cared less who did what to whom,and why,as I was losing the will to live!


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