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They Won't Believe Me (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 16 July 1947 (USA)
On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), Gordon McDonell (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Verna Carlson
Robert Young ... Larry Ballentine
Jane Greer ... Janice Bell
Rita Johnson ... Gretta Ballentine
Tom Powers ... Trenton
George Tyne ... Lieutenant Carr
Don Beddoe ... Thomason
Frank Ferguson ... Cahill
Harry Harvey ... Judge Charles Fletcher
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Storyline

On trial for murder, Larry Ballentine regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders with other women while his rich, loving wife Greta tries to keep him in line. According to Larry, his girlfriend Verna dies accidentally in a car crash and his distraught wife tosses herself over a cliff after he runs out on her. The jury has a tough decision on this one. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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The Shock Of A Lifetime Awaits You In The Startling Climax! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rua das Almas Perdidas See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO borrowed Susan Hayward from Walter Wanger's company for this film. See more »

Goofs

At one of the cuts between shots when Greta is helping pack Larry's suitcase for his trip to Montreal, the suitcase changes from open to closed and Greta's position changes from hands resting on the suitcase to arms crossed. See more »

Quotes

Larry Ballentine: [Greta is helping Larry pack a suitcase] I guess I'd better tell you, Greta. This is more than just a trip to Montreal.
Greta Ballentine: I know.
Larry Ballentine: I'm leaving... for good.
Greta Ballentine: [continues packing, unfazed by Larry's revelation] Did you remember to pack your gold cuff links?
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Alternate Versions

Reissue prints have been cut to 80 minutes. This is the version currently being shown on TCM. The uncut 95 minute original release is available on a long out-of-print laserdisc, released by Image Entertainment in 1990. See more »

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Referenced in Remington Steele: Bonds of Steele (1986) See more »

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Touched by the hand of God/Satan.
9 November 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

They Won't Believe Me is directed by Irving Pichel and adapted to screenplay by Jonathan Latimer from a story by Gordon McDonell. It stars Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer and Rita Johnson. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Harry J. Wild.

Larry Ballentine (Young) is on trial for murder and he tells his story in flashback. Three dames and fate does not a good mix make.

"She looked like a very special kind of dynamite, neatly wrapped in nylon and silk. Only I wasn't having any. I'd been too close to one explosion already. I was powder shy".

A splendid slice of noir drama is put together by a group of film makers who knew how to make the noir style of film making work. The story has all the requisite ingredients to lure the interested viewers in, twists and turns, vipers and snipers, dialogue so sharp you could cut a steak with it, and a love rat protagonist (Young splendid in a break from his normal roles) being toyed with by Old Noir Nick and his friend The Fate.

In true noir tradition the plot is a little "out there", the middle section drags at times, while Harry Wild's cinematography doesn't kick in till a good hour into the play (worth the wait though!). But this is a little noir treasure waiting to be seen by more people. It's not unknown, the cast list ensures that is not the case, but in film noir circles it doesn't often crop up for discussion. It should, for it's tricky and devilish and pays off with a finale straight out of noirville. 8/10


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