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Any thoughts and views yet on the film "Take My Life"....?

I stumbled on the movie during the summer when I was watching films noir, saw it was based on a WG book and watched. It's not Spellbound (which it vaguely resembles) but has enough Hitchcockian twists and turns to make it quite suspenseful and well worth watching. (Couldn't help but imagine Robert Montgomery in the lead role, Hugh Williams is kind of stiff.) I found the prosecutor compelling and the murderer convincingly creepy (especially in the piano scene). Loved Greta Gynt as the heroine; she gives a great performance, is believably tenacious, and does an excellent job of patching clues together. As a huge fan of suspense movies, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Of the Poldark world I saw little resemblance except possibly in the characters. Philippa's (the heroine) loyalty for her husband reminds me of Caroline's fierce loyalty to Dwight. The prosecutor has Rev. Halse-like traits. But most revealing for me was that in the murderer I saw the possibility of a Paul Kellow. Let me hasten to add that I don't think Paul is based on the murderer in this movie, but that the movie helped me see that Paul wasn't just some bizarre aberration. I wondered, in another topic, if WG had dreamed up the psychotic Paul after watching too many late night B movies. But this movie helped me see that the potential for Paul was always there, just waiting for a chance to escape (like Butto) and wreak havoc on Cornwall. 


 



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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.

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Winston Graham with Greta Gynt

 

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"Take my Life"

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Take my life.JPGTake My Life 1947 UK

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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039883/

Distributors:

  • General Film Distributors (GFD) Ltd. (1947) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Eagle-Lion Distributors Limited (1948) (USA) (theatrical)
  • R&B Video (2005) (USA) (VHS)


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