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21 Days (1940)

21 Days (1940)





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In this drama, an upstanding barrister is up for a judgeship and is terrified that his flaky, playboy brother will cause a scandal and destroy his career. The playboy meets a model who is separated from her husband. When her husband learns that his wife is seeing the playboy, he threatens to kill him, causing the playboy to kill him in self-defense while the model looks on. Later an insane fellow is accused of the killing. He is to be held for 21 days before his trial date. The playboy decides to spend these days with the woman; he will then confess. His brother, who knows what happened, counsels his brother to stay silent so as to protect his own career. In the end, it all works out after the innocent victim dies of a heart attack in jail.
Drama , Romance
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Laurence Olivier
as Larry Durrant
Leslie Banks
as Keith Durrant
Hay Petrie
as John Aloysius Evan
Esme Percy
as Henry Wallen
Victor Rietti
as Antonio
Morris Harvey
as Alexander MacPherson
Meinhart Maur
as Carl Grunlich
Lawrence Hanray
as Solicitor
David Horne
as Beavis
Muriel George
as Mother
William Dewhurst
as the Lord Chief
Elliot Mason
as Frau Grunlich
Arthur Young
as Ascher
Fred Groves
as Barnes
Aubrey Mallalieu
as Magistrate
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Passable, but forgettable. It's not particularly gripping, but worth it if you want to see a young Laurence Olivier in action.

Trevor Cameron
Trevor Cameron

This black and white oldie is interesting enough to keep watching. Overall it's pretty forgettable, although the message that's delivered in it's final moments is devoid of moral ethics which are apparently sacrificed to create the appearance of a happy ending. So that's worth noting.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

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