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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:

24 tuntia armonaikaa See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The future filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier was so impressed by Time Without Pity (1957), after it was released in France, that he wrote his first two pieces of magazine criticism about it, and it inspired his much later 1974 film, The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974). See more »

Goofs

As Stanford is driving his race car, the reverse shot of the steering wheel clearly shows 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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Too little, too late...
5 November 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Some time ago, Alec Graham was sentenced to die following the death of his girlfriend. Amazingly enough, Alec's father, David (Michael Redgrave), never learns about this until it seems too late as he's been in in-patient treatment for his alcoholism. He manages to make it to Britain the day before the boy's to be executed. Considering that David is a drunk and was never there for Alec, there's no surprise when the young man wants nothing to do with him nor his promises to help him. During the duration of the film, David reinvestigates the case. Could he possibly help? And, can David stay sober long enough to be of some use?

There is a big problem with the film...it seems pretty obvious who is the real killer and it should be to everyone. This guy is super-angry and very explosive all the time, you wonder why he wasn't considered a prime suspect or, perhaps, he knows more than he's telling. It defies common sense...which makes for a more mediocre film. Too bad...it could have easily been better...though the ending was pretty good.


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