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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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When a man goes to the devil he usually takes a woman with him... this man took THREE! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (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 »

Connections

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

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Well Plotted, well cast -- great climax
22 June 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Robert Young? In a noir? He's near his best here, though for me his best is "Lady Be Good," in which he seems to be having a truly great time.

Jane Greer looks luscious. Susan Hayward is very good -- though her best was "I Can Get It For You Wholesale." And Rita Johnson is good, in a different type of role from her usual.

The rise and fall and rise and fall of a womanizer.

It's well plotted, though slightly dull till the final five minutes. Then, the climax: No one who's ever seen this will forget it. (And I'm certainly not going to give it away.)


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