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2014-07-19 11:22:17 AM  
Saturday Cinema - Never Let Go, 1960. A wimpy salesman whose job depends on having a car has to steal it back. Peter Sellers co-stars as the gangster running the theft ring.
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This picture has two actors playing against type Richard Todd and Peter Sellers.

Todd normally played confident, handsome leading man parts but here plays a spineless salesman who finds himself overlooked and coming to terms with the grim reality that even his wife doesn't believe in him.

Sellers has gone down in history of one of the screen's great comic actors but here plays a superficially plausible garage owner who's actually the head of a car theft operation.
Todd's car is stolen by one of Sellers's men. This crappy runabout may not be much, but without it, Todd is out of a job. The police have written up the theft but solving it's hardly a priority. When Todd spots the man he thinks stole his car and tails him to the garage owned by Sellers, he convinces himself that the car must be somewhere in that building.
Needless to say, a showdown brews.

People heap praise on the performances in user reviews. This can lead you to expect a high budget film to match. Well, it's a modestly financed film doing as much as it can on its budget.
The film was apparently shot in '58 and only released two years later with an X rating. Back then, X referred to violence and not pornography. The beatings that Sellers and his thugs deal out would be considered tame today but if you put yourself in the frame of mind that film goers had in that period, you can understand the rating.

There's a bit of stuff in this late Brit Noir that may not be obvious. The 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' song at the start of the film is meant to set the tone for the character as one who did his bit in the war and sort of figures that he with rationing finally ending in the UK, life should be getting better for him. One of the lines of dialogue 'I've never had it so good' actually refers to the Conservative Party's campaign slogan at the time.

So,Todd's obsession with the stolen car that is his meal ticket from lower middle classed to perhaps something better, hints at his desperation.

Critics were apparently unkind to Sellers in the role as the garage owner with the barely restrained temper. Some may find his gritted teeth and furrowed brow hammy. Or maybe the critics just wanted him in comic roles? It's a shame that he avoided drama for decades after this.

John Guillermin (Bridge at Remagen, The Towering Inferno, The Blue Max, The Day they Robbed the Bank of England) directs.

Oh, one last thing. John Barry eventually became one of the best known film composers of his era. His signature sound was that of very romantic lush melodies. Well, in 1960 he was just starting out and you can hear some of his early work here. You can still hear his heavy left hand on the piano and hear an early variant of his 'ticking bomb' bass motif that he used in many a James Bond film later.

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Here's a link to last week's Saturday Cinema.

Next week's Saturday Cinema preceded Wikileaks and Snowden by decades.
 
2014-07-19 05:56:10 PM  
'Never Let Go' is actually #28 in my Netflix queue......

(#27 - 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done'
#29 - 'The Chaser')
 
2014-07-19 09:47:45 PM  
Theoretically, you might be able to save a dollar and watch it for something that rhymes with 'bee'. I'm not saying where, but if there's an on-line video service that rhymes with 'Danube,' you may wish to look there.
 
2014-07-19 10:10:09 PM  
da link is 2 a vidya wots onle 3 minuts long, yo
 
2014-07-20 02:08:21 AM  

willfullyobscure: da link is 2 a vidya wots onle 3 minuts long, yo


Loves me some Peter Sellers.
 
2014-07-20 08:12:17 AM  
Never Let Go is based on a true  story of how infantile House Republicans voted over 50 times to remove Obamacare.
 
2014-07-20 10:23:36 AM  

willfullyobscure: da link is 2 a vidya wots onle 3 minuts long, yo


Unfortunately no trailer is available for this film. Moreover, we don't link to full lengthy copyrighted films owned by large corporations because they have a tendency to have rooms full of lawyers.
 
2014-07-20 07:29:36 PM  

Weenie_Boy: 'Never Let Go' is actually #28 in my Netflix queue......

(#27 - 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done'
#29 - 'The Chaser')


Sadly, MSMSWHYD isn't very good, especially considering all the talent associated with it. The Chaser, on the other hand, is freaking fantastic.
 
2014-07-20 08:11:10 PM  
Which film called the Chaser? There are several in IMDB.
 
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