Time Without Pity

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Redgrave is a desperate alcoholic in the process of drying out when he discovers that his son, McCowen, is about to be executed for a crime he didn't commit. The police have enough evidence to damn McCowen ten times over, but still Redgrave isn't convinced of his boy's guilt. With only 24 hours to act, he carefully probes the evidence, which leads him to...read more

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Redgrave is a desperate alcoholic in the process of drying out when he discovers that his son, McCowen, is about to be executed for a crime he didn't commit. The police have enough evidence to damn McCowen ten times over, but still Redgrave isn't convinced of his boy's guilt. With only

24 hours to act, he carefully probes the evidence, which leads him to the site of the murder--the home of McKern, an automobile magnate. Redgrave learns that his son had been living there along with McKern's wife, Todd, a neurotic who loved McCowen. Eventually Redgrave is able to prove his son's

innocence in a confrontation with McKern. Having discovered that McKern is the real murderer, Redgrave forces the killer to shoot him, thereby sacrificing himself in place of his son. Losey makes a fine directorial choice at the start of the film by showing the audience that McCowen is innocent.

The suspense is thereby shifted from "Is he guilty?" to "Will he be saved from execution?" Aside from making an a case against capital punishment (which the film does indirectly), TIME WITHOUT PITY makes a case about men and the families they destroy.

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