Never Let Me Go (1953)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 18, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Never Let Me Go is one of those films that sounds better on paper. The idea of Clark Gable and Gene Tierney together promises fireworks, and adding in plot mechanics that force Gable to heroically rescue his beloved seems like a can't-miss proposition. But miss it does. Gable is rather tired here, not giving his most committed performance. Plus, by 1953, he was a bit long in the tooth for Tierney. For her part, Tierney was not the kind of actress who could be slotted into just any part. While she looks divine, she's not terribly believable as a Russian ballerina. Richard Haydn does much better than might be expected with his part, and if Belita is only an adequate actor, she's an entrancing dancer. The screenplay is often terribly far-fetched, the whole thing implausible in that particular Hollywood manner that asks the viewer to accept that one man, because he's an American and in love, can overcome the entire totalitarian state. That said, Delmer Daves directs the film more than adequately, with several sequences really catching fire. Because of its stars, Never Let Me Go is a disappointment, but on its own terms, it's moderately entertaining.