The Third Secret

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TV commentator Stephen Boyd doesn't believe the official verdict of suicide in the death of a famed London psychiatrist. Boyd tries to get to the truth by studying a list of the shrink's patients. While interviewing three of these worthies Jack Hawkins, Diane Cilento and Richard Attenborough, Boyd discover that each has a deep dark secret that the psychiatrist was privy to. The best-kept secret concerns the schizophrenia of the dead man's teenaged daughter Pamela Franklin--a fact that provides the key to mystery....
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TV commentator Stephen Boyd doesn't believe the official verdict of suicide in the death of a famed London psychiatrist. Boyd tries to get to the truth by studying a list of the shrink's patients. While interviewing three of these worthies Jack Hawkins, Diane Cilento and Richard Attenborough, Boyd discover that each has a deep dark secret that the psychiatrist was privy to. The best-kept secret concerns the schizophrenia of the dead man's teenaged daughter Pamela Franklin--a fact that provides the key to mystery. The Third Secret originally featured Patricia Neal as one of the suspects, but her scenes were cut from the final release print.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Third Secret is a brooding, atmospheric mystery tale that deserves greater exposure, especially for fans of the detective film. Not quite film noir, it does share some of the visual features associated with that genre, notably its moody, brooding black-and-white photography that sometimes seems to act as a character all by itself. Robert L. Joseph's literate screenplay is sometimes confusing -- possibly because at least one entire strand was edited out before the film's release -- but almost all of the pieces fit together, and it features a good share of memorable, characterful dialogue. While some will perhaps guess the identity of the killer too early, the script still builds to a satisfying and somewhat harrowing climax. Stephen Boyd is very good as the American journalist investigating the affair; his performance is thoughtful and well observed. Even better is Pamela Franklin, who rises to the challenges her part calls for and turns in one of the better children's performances of the time. The supporting cast is equally fine, with special mention going to Richard Attenborough's finely detailed portrayal. Charles Crichton has directed with admirable restraint without sacrificing force and effect. Sharp-eyed viewers will catch Judi Dench in her film debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 024543436676
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Boyd Alex Stedman
Jack Hawkins Sir Frederick Belline
Richard Attenborough Alfred Price-Gorham
Diane Cilento Anne Tanner
Pamela Franklin Catherine Whitset
Paul Rogers Dr. Milton Gillen
Alan Webb Alden Hoving
Peter Sallis Lawrence Jacks
Patience Collier Mrs. Pelton
Freda Jackson Mrs. Bales
Judi Dench Miss Humphries
Peter Copley Dr. Leo Whitset
Nigel Davenport Lew Harding
Charles Lloyd Pack Dermot McHenry
Barbara Hicks Police Secretary
James Maxwell Mark
Gerald Case Mr. Bickes
Sarah Brackett Nurse
Neal Arden Mr. Morgan
Rachel Kempson Mildred Hoving
Ronald Leigh-Hunt Police Officer
Margaret Leighton
Technical Credits
Charles Crichton Director
Richard Arnell Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert L. Joseph Producer, Screenwriter
Ken MacKay Makeup
Tom Morahan Production Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Frederick Wilson Editor
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