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Never Let Go (1960)

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.


John Guillermin


John Guillermin (story), Peter De Sarigny (story) (as Peter de Sarigny) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... John Cummings
Peter Sellers ... Lionel Meadows
Elizabeth Sellars ... Anne Cummings
Adam Faith ... Tommy Towers
Carol White ... Jackie
Mervyn Johns ... Alfie Barnes
Noel Willman ... Inspector Thomas
David Lodge ... Cliff
Peter Jones ... Alec Berger
John Bailey ... Mackinnon
Nigel Stock ... Regan
John Le Mesurier ... Pennington
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Station Sergeant
Charles Houston ... Cyril Spink
Cyril Shaps ... Cypriot


In London, crooked garage owner Lionel Meadows makes extra cash by selling stolen cars. He uses the services of a crew of chop-shop mechanics and relies on teenage hoodlums to steal the cars. Cosmetics salesman John Cummings is struggling to meet his monthly sales targets in order to keep his job. He recently purchased a 1959 Ford Anglia to help him deliver cosmetics samples to department stores. His car is essential to his job. However, young petty thief Tommy Towers steals John's car while it's parked on the street where John works. He delivers the stolen car to Meadows' chop-shop. John reports the theft to the police but the police is slow acting. With pressures at home and at work, John is desperate to recover his stolen vehicle. The police inspector keeps telling him to be patient as most stolen cars are recovered eventually. However, John becomes more and more desperate and impatient to re-claim his car. Against the advice of the police, he sets-out to investigate the matter ... Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

16 November 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fúria de um Bravo See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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When this film appeared in 1960, Peter Sellers had become an internationally-acclaimed star of comedies, but had never been seen in a serious drama like this violent thriller. People were so unused to see him playing someone unpleasant and aggressive that the film was a great critical and financial flop. Sellers himself, perhaps defensively, dismissed his performance sarcastically as "my attempt to be Rod Steiger". However, over the years, the film gained a small, but vociferous cult following and Sellers's work in it has been much praised. See more »


About five minutes into the film, Cummings (Richard Todd) is looking for his lost car. One of the shots is "flipped" - you can see the sign for "Berger's Cosmetics", but it's backwards. See more »


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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Arranged and conducted by John Barry
Lyrics by Louis Lambert
Sung by Adam Faith
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Great classic with a great cast
22 September 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

As I'm a Peter Sellers fan I discovered this film by chance on DVD... I was totally amazed by the story and the acting. All the cast is TOP, but I was mostly surprised by Peter Sellers -here he's not comical or funny at all, here he's a villain, a gangster. He's so good in the performance that you hate him -as a character, of course!

A salesman is victim of a theft. His car is stolen by a disbanded young who works for a car seller, a criminal who soups up engines for selling them again.

Not only Peter Sellers is excellent, the other great actor is Richard Todd. He's moving in the part of the salesman, obsessed by the search for his car and the will to show his wife (Elizabeth Sellars) he's not a loser. Adam Faith (one of the first rock singers in Britain before the Beatles and the Stones...) is the young thief.

The film has rhythm and is very realistic -for its time it's strong, fight scenes are quite violent. The film is in the wave of "Look back in anger", "Saturday night and Sunday morning". There's rage and a touch of "Free cinema", even if director John Guillermin has a more commercial style and later went to Hollywood for directing blockbusters like "The Blue Max", "The towering Inferno" and "King Kong".

A great classic, by the way.

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