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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 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 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:

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

The prison gates featured in the film are HMP Wandsworth in SW London. Wandsworth, built in 1851 & still in use, is UK's largest prison with a capacity of 1665 prisoners. Wandsworth was the site of 135 executions, the last in Sept 1961. See more »

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Camera crew is reflected in the door of Clayton's car is 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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Referenced in Contempt (1963) See more »

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Timeless Suspenser!
3 February 2019 | by georgewilliamnobleSee all my reviews

This is a cracking suspense film that seems to give the game away in the opening shots, but has an extremely clever suspense and surprise ending worthy of Hitchcock himself to climax a seemingly familiar race against time to prevent a wrongful execution, that plot has been done a hundred times on film and on TV over the years but never as well as this. Superb central role (Redgrave) a terrific actor and a really good supporting cast make this no ordinary suspenser.


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