Never Let Me Go (1953 film)

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Never Let Me Go
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Delmer Daves
Produced by Clarence Brown
Written by George Froeschel
Ronald Millar; from the novel Came the Dawn by Roger Bax.
Starring Clark Gable
Gene Tierney
Music by Hans May
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Edited by Frank Clarke
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • 18 March 1953 (1953-03-18) (UK)
  • 1 May 1953 (1953-05-01) (U.S.)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,588,000[1]
Box office $2,418,000[1]

Never Let Me Go is a 1953 MGM romantic adventure film[2][3] starring Clark Gable and Gene Tierney. The picture was directed by Delmer Daves, produced by Clarence Brown, from a screenplay by George Froeschel and Ronald Millar, based on the novel Came the Dawn by Roger Bax (aka Andrew Garve/Paul Winterton/Paul Somers).

The supporting cast includes Bernard Miles, Richard Haydn, Belita, Kenneth More and Theodore Bikel. The movie was shot at MGM's British studios and on location in Cornwall.


Moscow based newspaper reporter Philip Sutherland is in love with Marya, a ballerina. He and radio broadcaster Steve Quillan go to see her perform "Swan Lake" with the Bolshoi Ballet, and a pleased Philip learns that Marya wishes to marry him and accompany him home to San Francisco.

They are married in the U.S. embassy, where they are warned that obtaining an exit visa is often quite difficult. On their honeymoon, they meet Christopher Denny, an Englishman married to Marya's good friend Svetlana, who is pregnant. But when he is seen taking innocent photographs, Denny is taken into custody and banished from Russia.

Svetlana gives birth to a son in Philip's and Marya's apartment. Cold War tensions are heightened and when the Sutherlands attempt to leave, Marya is detained. Philip flies home alone and is unable to get permission to return.

He travels to London, where he and Denny hatch a scheme to sail to a Baltic coast town Tallinn where the Bolshoi is scheduled to perform. Quillan offers to help by giving coded instructions to Marya and Svetlana on his radio broadcasts. At their rendezvous point, Svetlana swims out safely to the boat, but says an added ballet performance has forced Marya to stay behind.

Philip swims ashore. Stealing a medical officer's clothes, he attends the ballet. Marya pretends to faint and Philip spirits her away, but another dancer recognizes him and informs the authorities. The pursued car of the Sutherlands goes off a pier. But first they leap to safety, and swim together to the boat.


According to MGM records the film earned $1,482,000 in the US and Canada and $936,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $86,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Variety film review; 25 March 1953, page 6.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; 28 March 1953, page 51.

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