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4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Clouseau Sellers
And that's the problem. Sellers in the role of a criminal car "ringer" is quite convincing - bullying, sadistic, by the end of the film, almost maniacal - except you keep expecting him to trip over the furniture. The film dates from an era when the principal "good guys" and the higher echelons of the police force were expected to have "cultured" accents. The police...
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Yellow Duck

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sellers Gets Serious
An ambitious (and ruthlessly unpleasant in real life)Peter Sellers throws himself so completely into this serious role as a vicious criminal garage boss that he lived the part whilst the film was being made and scared his family half to death as a result. Sellers tries a bit too hard and is rather melodramatic at times. Richard Todd is more convincing as the little man...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Clouseau Sellers, 25 Jun 2010
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And that's the problem. Sellers in the role of a criminal car "ringer" is quite convincing - bullying, sadistic, by the end of the film, almost maniacal - except you keep expecting him to trip over the furniture. The film dates from an era when the principal "good guys" and the higher echelons of the police force were expected to have "cultured" accents. The police inspector's strangled vowels verge on the ludicrous/laughable. Elisabeth Sellars (as wife of second rate cosmetics salesman, Richard Todd, whose stolen Ford Anglia is the subject of the film) is just too beautiful to be true in their crummy little flat . . . but that was par for the course in 1960. Everybody smokes . . even Nigel Stock as Seller's "ringer" mechanic. He smokes while he's operating a cellulose paint spray-gun. Could have blown Todd's car and himself to smithereens! The story proceeds at a good pace, but should be seen (if you can!) in the context of its era - I saw it twice as a teenager. The "set piece" acts of retribution - by the young car thieves and later by Sellers himself - against the old newsvendor now look cliched. But generally, the suspense is well held and the final confrontation between Sellers and Todd is (or certainly seemed in 1960) both suspenseful and exciting. Note how Seller's first cruel act, when he slams the radiogram lid onto Adam Faith's fingers, becomes his nemesis when Todd - almost accidentally - slams the car door on Seller's hand in the final (very well directed) fight scene. Adam Faith, Carol White and David Lodge support convincingly . . . rather a pity that they are eased out of the story inconclusively in the final scenes. Black and white - the bras as well as the film! And wheyhey . . those full-on gob kisses!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never let go Richard Todd and Peter Sellers R2 uk, 15 July 2014
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This a very under rated and forgotten gem,every body playing against type Peter sellers as nut/boss of a car theft ring,And richard todd as an soft cosmetic salesman whose car is stolen by adam faith and cronies who works for sellers.Todd has no insurance and needs his car for his work after going to police and told they cannot help he try,s to find out who stole his car.As the title suggests Never let go and Todd wont.As he is crapped on by the people ie his wife and those that he works for and with.He is like a terrier.I dont want to give to much away although this is a PG it is violent with one scene of sick violence perpetrated by sellers on an old man also suggested sexual violence involveing a very young Carol White.With a gradual build up to a major set too between Todd and Sellers.This was directed by John Guillermin who directed bridge at remagen and the towering inferno.A good tough thriller made in the early sixties with good all round performances from every one involved.The ratio is around 1.66.1 reasonable picture quality filmed in BW.mono sound track.For sellers this is so at odds with anything he did before and after if you a sellers fan but have never seen this film watch it and you will be surprised,although mild there is quite a bit of bad language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A truly nasty film for nasty times, 25 Mar 2011
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Captures the raw materialism and gangsterism of the 60s.A really nasty ending where half dead salesman gets his car back after fighting rockers pimps gangsters and the police.1 back 99 to go says the detective.it examines indifference to crime and corruption in society and the hindrences to getting effective action.Peter Sellers unusually in his Rachman type role.Great print raw gritty kitchen sink thriller with a truly powerful ending that leaves you wondering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again., 13 Jun 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Never Let Go is directed by John Guillermin who also co-writes the story with producer Peter de Sarigny. Alun Falconer adapts to screenplay with music by John Barry and cinematography by Christopher Challis. It stars Peter Sellers, Richard Todd, Elizabeth Sellars, Adam Faith and Carol White.

John Cummings (Todd) is a struggling cosmetics salesman who buys a Ford Anglia car from crooked criminal Lionel Meadows (Sellers). When the car is stolen, Cummings, without insurance, finds his job on the line and his marriage facing crisis. Refusing to accept it as just one of those unfortunate things, Cummings starts digging for answers and finds himself in a world of violence, apathy and suicide.

As the classic film noir cycle came to an end, there was still the odd film to filter through post 1958 that deserved to have been better regarded in noir circles. One such film is Britain's biting thriller, Never Let Go. Its history is interesting. Landed with the X Certificate in Britain, a certificate normally afforded blood drenched horror or pornography, the picture garnered some notoriety on account of its brutal violence and frank language. By today's standards it's obviously tame, but transporting oneself back to 1960 it's easy to see why the picture caused a stir. The other notable thing to come with the film's package was the appearance of Peter Sellers in a very rare serious role. In short he plays a vile angry bastard, and plays it brilliantly so, but the critics kicked him for it, and his army of fans were dismayed to see the great comic actor playing fearsome drama. So stung was he by the criticism and fall out, Sellers refused to do serious drama again. And that, on this evidence, is a tragic shame.

What about my car?

Out of Beaconsfield Studios, Guillermin's movie is a clinically bleak movie in tone and thematics. Todd's amiable John Cummings is plunged into a downward spiral of violence and helplessness by one turn of fate, that of his car being stolen. As he is buffeted about by young thugs, given the run around by a seemingly unsympathetic police force, starts to lose a grip on his job and dressed down by his adoring wife, Cummings begins to man up and realise he may have to become as bad as his nemesis, Lionel Meadows, to get what he rightly feels is justice. But at what cost to himself and others? The classic noir motif of the doppleganger comes into play for the excellently staged finale, made more telling by the build up where Cummings' "growth" plays opposite Meadows' rod of iron approach as he bullies man, woman and reptiles. Visually, too, it's classic film noir where Challis (Footsteps in the Fog) and Guillermin (Town on Trial) use shadows and darkness to reflect state of minds, while the grand use of off kilter camera angles are used for doors of plot revelation. Layered over the top is a jazzy score by John Barry.

It's not perfect, Sellers' accent takes some getting used to here in London town, Adam Faith is not wholly convincing as a bully boy carjacker and there's a leap of faith needed to accept some parts of the police investigation. But this is still quality drama, it's nasty, seedy and expertly characterised by the principal actors. In this dingy corner of 1960 London, film noir was very much alive and well. 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good film, 23 Aug 2011
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Ms. Nicola J. Booth "Nicola" (Guildford, UK) - See all my reviews
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We enjoyed watching this film, having not seen the film myself I took the chance and was really pleased with it. I believe Peter Sellers, Richard Todd and Adam Faith gave good performances. Never thought Peter Sellers would be able to act so seriously, he was convincing in my eyes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sellers Gets Serious, 3 Mar 2009
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An ambitious (and ruthlessly unpleasant in real life)Peter Sellers throws himself so completely into this serious role as a vicious criminal garage boss that he lived the part whilst the film was being made and scared his family half to death as a result. Sellers tries a bit too hard and is rather melodramatic at times. Richard Todd is more convincing as the little man who fights back when his car is stolen. The only laughs come from the minor(especially those playing policemen)character's RADA accents. A really good old fashioned B Picture to watch on a wet Sunday afternoon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars London crime, 19 April 2014
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brilliant film portraying London criminals in the late fifties early sixties, stellar performance by Peter Sellars as a nasty chap and a young Adam Faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ON THE BEACH and NEVER LET GO., 19 Sep 2013
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On the beach, and Never let go.

What can one say about a film. You either like it or not. For me, these two films were great, with a message for us all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Films, 10 Sep 2013
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Great old British film set in South London.Peter Sellers is really good as the villain & Richard Todd is good as the pathetic hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never let go, 11 Jun 2013
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This was filmed where I lived so quite a nostalgia trip. Quality excellent. I'll look for the Blue Lamp in which my uncle appeared.
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