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Never Let Me Go (1953)

Never Let Me Go





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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Ronald Millar, George Froeschel
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On DVD: Mar 23, 1994

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Clark Gable
as Philip Sutherland
Gene Tierney
as Marya Lamarkina
Theodore Bikel
as Lieutenant
Bernard Miles
as Joe Brooks
Richard Haydn
as Christopher Wellingt...
as Valentina Alexandrov...
Kenneth More
as Steve Quillan
Anna Valentina
as Svetlana Mikhailovna
Robert Henderson
as US Ambassador
Stanley Maxted
as John Barnes
Alexis Chesnakov
as Gen. Zhdanov
Peter Illing
as N.K.V.D. Man
Karel Stepanek
as Commissar
Anton Dolin
as Marya's Partner
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Critic Reviews for Never Let Me Go

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Delmer Daves' agit-prop feature of the Cold War era stars Gable as American journalist in Moscow, trying to rescue his Soviet ballerina wife, played by Gene Tierney.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012

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Never Let Me Go (1953)

This cold war love story was written by British crime novelist, Andrew Garve. Philip Sutherland (Clark Gable) is an American news writer for British news anchor, Steve Quillian (Kenneth More). It's the end of the war and Phillip's narration explains how the early wartime alliance of nations is slowly moving towards distrust in Joe Stalin's USSR.

Philip has been madly in love with a Russian ballerina, Marya Lamarkina (Gene Tierney) and she in him. Although they both know that this whole affair is doomed from the start, they get married anyway. They meet another couple, British Christopher Wellington St. John Denny (Richard Haydn) and Svetlana Mikhailovna (Anna Valentina) in a similar situation.

Now they need to find a way to be together. Philip thought that he would simply stay in the USSR, but the government deports him, denies his Visa, and refuses to let Marya leave with him.

Now Philip and Christopher, using Joe Brooks (Bernard Miles) who has a boat, must sneak back into Russia and smuggle Marya and Svetlana out of the USSR.

Rick Rudge

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