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  • Actors: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars, Adam Faith, Carol White
  • Directors: John Guillermin, Ron Honsa
  • Writers: John Guillermin, Peter De Sarigny, Alun Falconer
  • Producers: Nan Penman, Peter De Sarigny
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • Release Date: June 19 2012
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  • ASIN: B007SVMW7I
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Never Let Go


Remembered dimly as Peter Sellers's only venture into "serious" acting, Never Let Go has a lot of other things to recommend it, mostly because it manages to include a lot of the lurid elements that gained it an X rating in 1960. It has a near-demented melodrama plot, as two desperate obsessives collide in a bizarre feud. Richard Todd, doing meek and put-upon, is a sales rep for smug Peter Jones's cosmetics firm whose life is turned upside down when his car is stolen by Adam Faith. Looking like an inhabitant of Royston Vasey in The League of Gentlemen, Sellers plays a grinning small-time crook who runs a legitimate garage that serves as a front for the car thieves and is sugar daddy to teenage tartlet Carol White. Typical of Sellers's demonic rottenness is a scene in which he breaks down-and-out Melvyn Johns's heart by stamping on his beloved terrapin. "Peanut" Todd's crusade to get back his auto (catchphrase "what about my car?") brings trouble too: he gets repeatedly beaten up, abandoned by his wife (Elizabeth Sellars), and dragged to the edge of madness for a final punch-up in a garage. With a delightfully sleazy, jazzy John Barry score, lots of the color of criminal London circa 1960, and a parade of welcome character actors (John le Mesurier, David Lodge, Noel Willman, Nigel Stock), Never Let Go has its soapy spells, but it's a fascinating relic. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5320678) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d1d27c) out of 5 stars British Noir with a villainous Sellers June 22 2005
By Midge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a gritty and grim British film noir that shows a very different side of the great Peter Sellers.

In a rare dramatic role, he is a ruthless and sadistic leader of a gang of car thieves. Filmed in atmospheric black and white with a jazz score (by John Barry), this is definitely a must see for fans of the genre and Sellers.

By all accounts, Sellers was a genius, but also a strange man who inhabited his characters and stayed in persona even when the director called "Cut!"

He also brought his work home with him. I read in a biography that his wife was very happy when this movie wrapped production! When you see his performance, you'll understand why.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d1d2d0) out of 5 stars Interesting Suspense Drama in Moody Black and White Feb. 28 2008
By madrock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Never Let Go" from 1960, is a moody black and white piece starring Peter Sellers as head of a car theiving operation and Richard Todd, as the unlucky salesman who wants his car back. Peter Sellers isn't bad as a villain in this movie and I quickly got accustomed to him outside his usual comic role. Richard Todd plays a beleivable and sypathetic victim who we're rooting for all the way, despite his caring but unsupportive wife. Getting his car back becomes a mission of self-respect for salesman John Cummings (Richard Todd) who loses his job in the course of events making getting his car back all the more important.

The early 60s is kind of a distinct period for films from the few I've seen. Hitchcocks "Psycho" came out that year and so did the Twilight Zone.. Paul Newman's "The Hustler" in '61.. Maybe it's the just the black and white, or the cinematograpy. Or is it the styles and edgier themes? Another very good movie which I saw recently from this period (1962) was "Walk on the Wild Side" with a beautiful Jane Fonda and Laurence Harvey. I'm getting off track.. sorry. I liked this movie. Richard Todd's persistence was inspiring. And it felt somewhat historical seeing Peter Sellers in a role like this.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d1d708) out of 5 stars Sellers Does Brando June 10 2005
By David E. Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Despite the seedy London locales and the jazzy score by John Barry this tale of a down-on-his-luck cosmetics salesman who gets his car pinched by a gang of car thieves is overbaked melodrama. As the film progresses it just gets sillier and sillier. Peter Sellers, to let us know that he is "acting", chews whatever scenery is handy. He glowers, he emotes, he launches spittle. Recommended only for camp value or Sellers completists.
HASH(0xa4d1d6f0) out of 5 stars good british film from 1960-Peter Sellers plays quite a nasty ... Aug. 27 2014
By that guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
good british film from 1960-Peter Sellers plays quite a nasty villian in this one, a real departure from his comedic roles. Not a particular masterpiece, but a good film that would be of interest to Peter Sellers' fans
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d1dbac) out of 5 stars SELLERS GETS SERIOUS March 10 2011
By Robin Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Set in the early 60s and barely remembered (if at all) as Peter Sellers' singular venture into "serious" acting, NEVER LET GO has a lot of deliciously lurid elements to recommend it -- the movie got an X-rating when it was released! Twisted and demented, the story is determinedly melodrama as it tracks the inexorable collision course as two desperate, obsessive men meet head-on in a bizarre feud. Meek Richard Todd is a sales rep for Peter Jones's cosmetics firm. His life is turned upside down when Adam Faith steals his car. Sellers is a smiley-faced small-time crook who manages a legit garage that's a front for the car thieves. He's also a sugar daddy to teen tart Carol White. The story follows Todd's relentless efforts to get his car back - efforts that unhinge the ruthless, cold-hearted Sellers. Too bad he didn't do more films in which he could play villains.