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21 Days Together (1940)

Kid Dabb

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I can see the Production Code adhered to by Hollywood had no effect on British productions. Here we have poor Larry who's accidentally killed Henry - Wanda's long missing husband who has turned up, quite unexpectedly, to mooch money from his wife, but instead pursues blackmail and is "accidentally" killed for his troubles.


An innocent man is tried for Larry's dirty deed and the rest of the story is about how he will not let this innocent man take the fall and be hanged in his stead. The ending has the innocent man released - found not guilty. Larry and Wanda are incredibly relieved and live happily ever after.


But where is Larry's conscience concerning his killing of Wanda's husband? We are supposed to believe he carries no remorse or guilt for this crime? It's all just washed away into a make believe world.


Larry has not been made to pay for his crime(s). So much for the Code.


I did enjoy the movie. Olivier has good screen presence in films of this era, and his acting is, as always, excellent. 

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