Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Director: Delmer Daves

Cast: Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Theodore Bikel

     
 

Clark Gable's next-to-last MGM film was the Cold War melodrama Never Let Me Go. Filmed in England, the story finds American journalist Philip Sutherland (Gable) desperately trying to retrieve his Russian-ballerina bride Marva Lamarkins (Gene Tierney) from behind the Iron Curtain. Stymied by bureaucracy on both sides, Sutherland attempts to plead his caseSee more details below

Overview

Clark Gable's next-to-last MGM film was the Cold War melodrama Never Let Me Go. Filmed in England, the story finds American journalist Philip Sutherland (Gable) desperately trying to retrieve his Russian-ballerina bride Marva Lamarkins (Gene Tierney) from behind the Iron Curtain. Stymied by bureaucracy on both sides, Sutherland attempts to plead his case directly to Soviet bigwig Molotov, in London for a peace conference. When this too fails, Sutherland aligns himself with an Englishman (Richard Haydn) in a similar predicament. Together, the two men formulate a daring escape plan, which could spell instant doom for both their wives and themselves. The Englishman's bride is played by Belita, who unlike Gene Tierney did her own dancing in the ballet scenes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Never Let Me Go is one of those films that sounds better on paper. The idea of Clark Gable and Gene Tierney together promises fireworks, and adding in plot mechanics that force Gable to heroically rescue his beloved seems like a can't-miss proposition. But miss it does. Gable is rather tired here, not giving his most committed performance. Plus, by 1953, he was a bit long in the tooth for Tierney. For her part, Tierney was not the kind of actress who could be slotted into just any part. While she looks divine, she's not terribly believable as a Russian ballerina. Richard Haydn does much better than might be expected with his part, and if Belita is only an adequate actor, she's an entrancing dancer. The screenplay is often terribly far-fetched, the whole thing implausible in that particular Hollywood manner that asks the viewer to accept that one man, because he's an American and in love, can overcome the entire totalitarian state. That said, Delmer Daves directs the film more than adequately, with several sequences really catching fire. Because of its stars, Never Let Me Go is a disappointment, but on its own terms, it's moderately entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0883316734278
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
2,885

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Philip Sutherland
Gene Tierney Marya Lamarkina
Theodore Bikel Lieutenant
Bernard Miles Joe Brooks
Richard Haydn Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
Belita Valentina Alexandrovna
Kenneth More Steve Quillan
Anna Valentina Svetlana Mikhailovna
Frederick [Fritz] Valk Kuragin
Robert Henderson US Ambassador
Stanley Maxted John Barnes
Meinhart Maur Lemkov
Alexis Chesnakov Gen. Zhdanov
Anton Diffring Actor
Peter Illing N.K.V.D. Man
Karel Stepanek Commissar
Anton Dolin Marya's Partner

Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director
Clarence Brown Producer
Frank Clarke Editor
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Hans May Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronald Millar Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Let Me Go
1. Chapter 1 [1:34]
2. Chapter 2 [2:30]
3. Chapter 3 [3:44]
4. Chapter 4 [3:06]
5. Chapter 5 [3:26]
6. Chapter 6 [3:12]
7. Chapter 7 [1:21]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [2:52]
10. Chapter 10 [2:24]
11. Chapter 11 [2:03]
12. Chapter 12 [3:57]
13. Chapter 13 [3:33]
14. Chapter 14 [2:45]
15. Chapter 15 [4:40]
16. Chapter 16 [3:29]
17. Chapter 17 [2:44]
18. Chapter 18 [3:05]
19. Chapter 19 [2:32]
20. Chapter 20 [3:12]
21. Chapter 21 [3:47]
22. Chapter 22 [3:52]
23. Chapter 23 [3:03]
24. Chapter 24 [3:28]
25. Chapter 25 [4:17]
26. Chapter 26 [2:43]
27. Chapter 27 [3:07]
28. Chapter 28 [2:56]
29. Chapter 29 [2:31]
30. Chapter 30 [1:44]
31. Chapter 31 [2:34]

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