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The Third Key (1956)

The Long Arm (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | June 1956 (UK)
Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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Mary Halliday
Michael Brooke ...
Tony Halliday
Sam Kydd ...
Police Constable in Information Room
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Detective-Sergeant in 'Q' car
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'Nightwatchman' / Gilson
Newton Blick ...
Deputy Commander
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Chief-Superintendent Jim Malcolm
Sydney Tafler ...
Stone
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Creasey
George Rose ...
Slob
Arthur Rigby ...
Detective-Inspector at Chester
Ralph Truman ...
Colonel Blenkinsop
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The Young Workman - Stanley James
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Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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The True Inside Story of Scotland Yard's Crime Busters! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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June 1956 (UK)  »

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The late edition of the "Daily Mail" found in Mrs Elliot's car is accurately dated Friday September 2nd 1955. The safe-breaking robbery at Stone & Co which opens the film occurs on [Friday September] 9th. See more »

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[during the final chase, Halliday leaps onto the bonnet of the getaway car and stops it by smashing its windscreen with his truncheon; as it lurches to a halt, he falls off the bonnet onto the ground. Ward helps him up]
Detective-Sergeant Ward: Are you all right, sir?
Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday: I'll live, I think.
Detective-Sergeant Ward: Nothing broken?
[Halliday pauses and looks mortified]
Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday: Yes - a promise I made to let *other* people take the risks!
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The key is to follow the key!
7 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Long Arm is directed by Charles Frend and written by Janet Green and Robert Barr. It stars Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison and Michael Brooke. Music is by Gerard Schurmann and cinematography by Gordon Dines.

Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday (Hawkins) heads up an investigation into a number of safe cracking robberies. Which in turn turns into a murder investigation.

Out of Ealing Studios, this is a little cracker of a police procedural detective mystery. The flow of the investigation is natural, not given over to wild implausibilities, and always the air of mystery is potent. On the outskirts of the investigation there's a running thread about how policemen's wives/girlfriends suffer in their own ways, their men are married to the force, and this is delicately handled by the makers. While the moments of wry levity are not misplaced. Production is spiffing, with a number of London locations vibrantly used and given a film noir sheen by Dines (The Blue Lamp), while Frend (Scott of the Antarctic) keeps it tight and interesting whilst getting grand perfs from the cast - notably a wonderfully regal Hawkins.

So if you are looking for an old time British policer that doesn't insult your intelligence, then you need look no further. 8/10


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