The Third Day

Overview

This quirky melodrama opens with an automobile crash. The driver, Steve Mallory George Peppard, comes out of unconsciousness with amnesia. As his memory slowly returns, he learns that he is a wealthy manufacturer of table china. His wife Alexandria Elizabeth Ashley wants to leave him, and his cousin Oliver Parsons Roddy McDowall wants Steve to sell him the family business. He also learns that the passenger in his car, a cocktail waitress named Holly Mitchell Sally Kellerman, was killed in the accident. Her ...
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Overview

This quirky melodrama opens with an automobile crash. The driver, Steve Mallory George Peppard, comes out of unconsciousness with amnesia. As his memory slowly returns, he learns that he is a wealthy manufacturer of table china. His wife Alexandria Elizabeth Ashley wants to leave him, and his cousin Oliver Parsons Roddy McDowall wants Steve to sell him the family business. He also learns that the passenger in his car, a cocktail waitress named Holly Mitchell Sally Kellerman, was killed in the accident. Her husband Lester Arte Johnson joins forces with Parsons to frame Steve and blame him for the accident, and Steve is arrested. Lester then kidnaps Alexandria and threatens to kill her in revenge for Holly's death. The film is based on a novel by Joseph Hayes. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Third Day is a moderately entertaining suspense melodrama, one of many films that seem to have been made with the goal of being "Hitchcock-ian" without having a real understanding of what Hitchcock did to make his better films so memorable. The basic set-up is one that Mr. H. would have had fun with -- an accident, amnesia, people with secrets and personal ambitions -- but in Day the ingredients don't come together satisfyingly. Much of the screenplay is implausible and the amnesia angle needs to have been given a fresher treatment so that it didn't remind the viewer of its use in so many other films. That said, Day does offer some very effective set pieces, which director Jack Smight handles with skill. While no Hitchcock, Smight does keep things moving at a good pace, and he "misdirects" the audience's attention to good effect. Arte Johnson is a bit hard to believe as the bad guy, but George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley do quite well as the protagonist and his wife. Even better is Mona Washbourne in a supporting performance that is really quite fine. There's also a good Percy Faith score and some excellent Robert Surtees lensing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • UPC: 883316236499
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,125

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Peppard Steve Mallory
Elizabeth Ashley Alexandria Mallory
Roddy McDowall Oliver Parsons
Arthur O'Connell Dr. Wheeler
Mona Washbourne Catherine Parsons
Herbert Marshall Austin Parsons
Robert Webber Dom Guardiano
Charles Drake Lawrence Conway
Sally Kellerman Holly Mitchell
Arte Johnson Lester Aldrich
Bill Walker Logan
Vincent Gardenia Preston
Janine Gray Totti
Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director, Producer
Stefan Arnsten Editor
Gordon Bau Makeup
Donald Brooks Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Ray Evans Songwriter
Percy Faith Score Composer, Songwriter
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Robert Presnell Jr. Screenwriter
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Burton Wohl Screenwriter
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