Winston Graham & Valerie Taylor
With actress Valerie Taylor in 1945 he co-wrote a successful screenplay - "Take My Life" - from which his 1947 novel of the same name was subsequently adapted.
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Winston Graham with Greta Gynt
"Take my Life"
79 mins Black & White. Mono Director: Ronald Neame A man wrongly accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend must rely on his wife to do the detective work and find the real killer. The murder trial proceeds while the wife continues sleuthing, and precious time ticks away.
Cast: Hugh Williams .... Nicholas Talbot Greta Gynt .... Phillipa Shelley Marius Goring .... Sidney Fleming Francis L. Sullivan .... Prosecuting Counsel Henry Edwards .... Inspector Archer Rosalie Crutchley ....Elizabeth Rusman Marjorie Mars .... Mrs. Newcombe
David Walbridge .... Leslie Newcombe Herbert C. Walton .... Grieve D.A. Mehan .... Chemist Hugh Kelly .... Casualty Ward Doctor Dorothy Bramhall .... Nurse Nelly Arno .... Mrs. Rusman Frederick Morant .... Concert Agent Grace Denbigh Russell .... Orchestra Leader
"Take My life" is an excellent example of films made during the early post-war era of British film making. A Rank Film that also caught the attention of Hollywood and brought its leading actress Greta Gynt to the film capital of the world. The fast paced action and merits of "Take My Life" are all due to the skillful direction of Ronald Neame, and this feeling of suspense is carefully nurtured all through the film via a dramatic development that never lets one's attention wander.
The actors always remain controlled and focused throughout and obviously enjoyed the challenge of Winston Graham's script that demanded high acting skills to succeed, Rank Studios having sought out the best talents available so as to make this film a period classic of British film-noire style. "Take my Life" was widely distributed all over the world and is remembered as Greta Gynt's best liked film, both by her and her fans.
Films - "Take My Life" 1947 UK