Take My Life 1947

 

Director: Ronald Neame

 

Writers: Winston Graham (based on his novel)Margaret Kennedy,

Valerie Taylor

Rôle: Sidney Fleming

 

Release Date: 30 May 1947

 

Synopsis: Philippa Shelley races against time to clear her husband Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

 

Comment: This is a highly regarded British film noir and was the directorial debut for Ronald Neame. It is now considered a minor classic. Marius would co-star again the following year with Greta Gynt (playing Phillippa Shelley) in 'Mr Perrin and Mr Traill'.

Reviews: Excerpt by Robert-temple-1 in IMDb: "The scenes towards the end of the film really do become incredibly menacing and powerful, as Marius Goring, who plays the murderer in an eerie and intense style, can be seen calculating what he must do next, and sets about it with the methodical determination of a man who now has nothing to lose."

 

Trivia: Marius's nose was obviously altered with makeup to make him resemble Hugh Williams so when he is leaving the scene of the crime, the witness mistakes him for Hugh Williams' character. That is why Marius looks 'unlike' himself in this film.

Availability: DVD-R copies available through several sites and a remastered DVD available from Amazon UK.

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Take My Life review in the Kinematograph Weekly 8 May 1947
Take My Life review by Richard Mallett with J.H. Dowd caricature of Marius Goring in Punch 11 June 1947
Take My Life review in The Times 26 May 1947
Take My Life review in the Western Mail 17 May 1947
Take My Life article in the Midlothian Advertiser 30 May 1947
Take My Life review in The Guardian 10 June 1947
Take My Life review in The Guardian 24 May 1947
Take My Life review in the Weekly Dispatch (London) 25 May 1947
Take My Life review in The Gazette Montreal 4 December 1947
Take My Life review in the Sunday Post 8 June 1947
Take My Life review in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times 23 January 1948
Take My Life advert in the Evening Standard 21 May 1947
Take My Life cinema advert in the Nashua Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire) 21 April 1949
Take My Life review by Dilys Powell in The Sunday Times 25 May 1947
Take My Life review by Marjory Adams in The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) 26 July 1948
Take My Life review in the Evening Standard 23 May 1947
Take My Life cinema advert in The Norman Transcript (Norman, Oklahoma) 28 November 1948
Take My Life cinema advert in The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 20 April 1948