They Won't Believe Me (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

They Won't Believe Me (1947)





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In this classy noir melodrama star Robert Young plays Larry Ballentine, a no-good dirty rat so effectively that one is possessed with the impulse to throw something at the screen and yell "Take that, you crumb!" On trial for the murder of his wife Gretta (Rita Johnson), Larry recalls in flashback the events leading up to this disastrous moment.The audience learns that, although Larry has never truly committed murder, he is responsible for the deaths of two women and the ruination of a third. While leeching off his wealthy wife Gretta, he callously enters into an affair with Janice (Jane Greer), then later runs off with Verna (Susan Hayward), who dies in an auto accident caused by Larry. Intending to straighten out his life by murdering Gretta for her money, Larry finds that he doesn't have to bother -- but that he'll be blamed for her death all the same. They Won't Believe Me was produced by frequent Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Joan Harrison.


Robert Young
as Larry Ballentine
Susan Hayward
as Verna Carlson
Rita Johnson
as Greta Ballentine
Jane Greer
as Janice Bell
Tom Powers
as Trenton
George Tyne
as Lt. Carr
Don Beddoe
as Thomason
Harry Harvey
as Judge Fletcher
Wilton Graff
as Patrick Gold
Janet Shaw
as Susan Haines
Glen Knight
as Parking Lot Attendant
Anthony Caruso
as Tough Patient
George Sherwood
as Highway Cop
Perc Launders
as Police Stenographer
Byron Foulger
as Mortician
Carl Kent
as Chauffeur
Robert Peyton
as Detective
Elena Warren
as Mrs. Bowman
Lillian Bronson
as Mrs. Hines
Paul Maxey
as Mr. Bowman
Lee Frederick
as Detective
Milton Parsons
as Court Clerk
Lee Phelps
as Bailiff
Frank Pharr
as Patrick Collins
Bert LeBaron
as Joe Pots
Ellen Corby
as Screaming Woman
Polly Bailey
as Untidy Woman
Matt McHugh
as Tiny Old Man
Bob Pepper
as Officer Guarding Larry
Fred Graham
as Deputy Sheriff
Irene Tedrow
as 1st Woman
Robert Thom
as Hotel Clerk
Lida Durova
as Girl at Newsstand
Jack Gargan
as Bartender
Ivan Browning
as Bartender
Bob Thom
as Hotel Clerk
Nina Borget
as Mrs. Roberts
Alben Roberling
as Headwaiter
Bud Wolfe
as Driver
Lovyss Bradley
as Miss Jorday
Harry D'Arcy
as Fisherman
Netta Packer
as Spinster
Jack Rice
as Tour Conductor
Anne Cornwall
as Screaming Woman
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Critic Reviews for They Won't Believe Me

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Producer Joan Harrison & associates have brought the story to the screen with considerable skill.

March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

a captivating film noir

July 28, 2021 | Full Review…

Robert Young excels in a change-of-pace role.

May 14, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An outstanding film noir melodrama.

June 11, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for They Won't Believe Me

fun film noir told in flashback, with robert young as a cad accused of murder. for the record, i don't believe him :p

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Excellent undeservedly obscure noir with an excellent dark performance from the usually genial Robert Young. Economically directed by Pichel with terrific contributions from Susan Hayward, Jane Greer and particularly Rita Johnson. Great denouncement, catch it if you can.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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