Three Secrets

Three Secrets

Director: Robert Wise

Cast: Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman

     
 

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Three Secrets is a darker variation on a theme first explored in A Letter to Three Wives (1949). There's only one survivor when a private plane crashes in the mountains of California. That survivor is a five-year-old boy, who hovers between life and death. As efforts continue to save the boy, three women -- Susan Chase (Eleanor Parker), Phyllis HornSee more details below

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Three Secrets is a darker variation on a theme first explored in A Letter to Three Wives (1949). There's only one survivor when a private plane crashes in the mountains of California. That survivor is a five-year-old boy, who hovers between life and death. As efforts continue to save the boy, three women -- Susan Chase (Eleanor Parker), Phyllis Horn (Patricia Neal) and Ann Lawrence (Ruth Roman) -- wait in agony. Years earlier, each of the three women had given up a baby son for adoption. Could it be that the little boy on the mountain top is actually the son of one of the three women? And if so, how many painful secrets will be revealed in the next few hours?

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Very clearly an attempt to duplicate the formula of the superior A Letter to Three Wives, Three Secrets is better enjoyed if one is unfamiliar with the earlier classic. The set-up in Wives is clever, but it's the brilliant execution that makes that film so memorable. In Secrets, the execution is pedestrian, and so it comes across as a gimmick. Without the exceptional writing talent, the piece comes across as excessively manipulative. It also feels forced dramatically, and the pieces don't fit together as seamlessly as they need to; one is aware of having to "stretch" one's credulity a number of times. Secrets works better than it should, however, because of a very capable cast and director, who work together to make the material seem better than it is. Director Robert Wise 's work overall is uneven; it comes in fits and starts during the main sections that detail the stories of the three women involved, finding beautiful moments here and there but missing a few surprising opportunities. However, he's at the top of his game when dealing with the more exciting sequences surrounding the search for the missing boy. The cast is quite good all around, with Patricia Neal perhaps the best of the three women. All of them, however, work hard to keep audience interest and to find new ways to play some soggy old scenes.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0887090047005
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
55,478

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Parker Susan Chase
Patricia Neal Phyllis Horn
Ruth Roman Ann Lawrence
Frank Lovejoy Bob Duffy
Leif Erickson Bill Chase
Ted de Corsia Del Prince
Edmon Ryan Hardin
Katherine Warren Mrs. Connors
Arthur Franz Paul Radin
Duncan Richardson Johnny
Larry Keating Mark Harrison

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Charles H. Clarke Art Director
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Gina Kaus Screenwriter
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Martin Rackin Screenwriter
Thomas Reilly Editor
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Milton Sperling Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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