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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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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

As Stanford is driving his race car, reverse shot of the steering wheel clearly show a large ring on his right hand. In the cutaways showing Stanford's face, no ring is on his hand. 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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OO-er!!!
9 January 2017 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

I like Losey's films quite a bit - well The Servant in particular. This film is no Servant . It is a tour de force of overacting, particularly Leo McKern. I don't think I have ever seen such an over the top performance by anyone in anything. It really does him and the film no favours. Michael Redgrave acquits himself quite well but it must have been a thankless task holding on with McKern's histrionics. Ann Todd is the epitome of British middle-class angst and is very annoying for being so. I chose to watch this because it was a Losey film but it disappoints me in every way. It makes very little sense and could have done with much tighter editing and control over the actors' performances.


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