Time without Pity

Overview

Time Without Pity carried the name "Joseph Losey" on the credits -- the first time in three years that the blacklisted director was permitted to use his own name on a film. This British-made suspense film was based on a play by Emlyn Williams. Michael Redgrave stars an anguished father whose son Alec McCowan is accused of murder. With time running out, Redgrave struggles to prove his son innocent of the charge. The paranoia prevalent in Time Without Pity can be attributed to Losey's own experience at the hands of...
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Overview

Time Without Pity carried the name "Joseph Losey" on the credits -- the first time in three years that the blacklisted director was permitted to use his own name on a film. This British-made suspense film was based on a play by Emlyn Williams. Michael Redgrave stars an anguished father whose son Alec McCowan is accused of murder. With time running out, Redgrave struggles to prove his son innocent of the charge. The paranoia prevalent in Time Without Pity can be attributed to Losey's own experience at the hands of the HUAC, though this element never gets out of artistic control.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Time Without Pity is an unusual film noir in that, though it has at its center a murder, it is not a murder mystery. Rather, the film's considerable suspense comes from wondering whether the real killer will be fingered before the accused is put to death. This may seem like a small point, but it actually provides a very high level of tension throughout and also distinguishes Time from many other murder films of the period. Credit goes both to director Joseph Losey and adapter Ben Barzman for the creation and maintenance of the palpable tension, which is crucial to Time's success. Barzman's script is lean and skillful, and peppered with memorable twists. For his part, Losey never lets the viewer forget that time is the real enemy in this picture; few films are as feverishly obsessed with time and its passage. He also gets marvelous performances from Ann Todd and Leo McKern, and a tremendously powerful one from Michael Redgrave. Looking like hell, Redgrave's torment and deep regret are painful -- and so is his weakness. Even more than Losey's or Barzman's, Redgrave's contribution is essential to Time's success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1995
  • UPC: 037429094136
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Redgrave David Graham
Ann Todd Honor Stanford
Leo McKern Robert Stanford
Peter Cushing Jeremy Clayton
Alec McCowen Alan Graham
Renee Houston Mrs. Harker
Paul Daneman Brian Stanford
Lois Maxwell Vicky Harker
Richard Wordsworth Maxwell
George Devine Barnes
Joan Plowright Agnes Cole
Ernest Clark Under Secretary
Peter Copley Prison Chaplain
Richard Leech Proprietor of Espresso Bar
Hugh Moxey Prison Governor
Julian Somers 1st Warder
John Chandos 1st Journalist
Dickie Henderson Comedian
Christina Lubicz Jenny Cole
Vernon Greeves Second Journalist
Arnold Diamond Third Journalist
Aubrey Richards Prison Gatekeeper
Gwynne Whitby Stanford's Housekeeper
Dervis Ward First Mechanic
David Lander Second Mechanic
David Heneker Pianist
Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director
Leigh Aman Production Manager
John Arnold Producer
Ben Barzman Screenwriter
Colin M. Brewer Asst. Director
Tristram Cary Score Composer
Leon Clore Executive Producer
Marcus Dods Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Alex Garfath Makeup
Arthur Ibbetson Camera Operator
Alan Osbigton Editor
Reece Pemberton Production Designer
Bernard Sarron Art Director
Anthony Simmons Producer
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