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The Third Secret (1964)

The first secret is what we don't tell people, the second secret is what we don't tell ourselves, and the third secret is the truth. The death of a psychologist is investigated by his teenage daughter and a former patient.

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Charles Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alan Webb ... Alden Hoving
Rachel Kempson ... Mildred 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 Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dermot McHenry
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A prominent London psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide, as this would go against all of the principles for which her father stood, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be surprising and disturbing. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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The Story of a Man Searching for a Killer Who Might Be Himself! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Al treilea secret See more »

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Production Co:

Hubris Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A story with Patricia Neal was removed from the final print. See more »

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While on the beach, young Catherine is telling Alex that she knows the names of her father's patients. We hear her say she knows "four" names, but her lips show she is saying the word "five". Likely, "four" was dubbed over "five" upon the decision to remove Patricia Neal's character from the story. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Whitset: [Stedman is sitting alone in a darkened television studio as Catherine Whitset enters and indicates the broadcasting equipment] It's very complicated, isn't it?
Alex Stedman: It has to be.
Catherine Whitset: Why?
Alex Stedman: It saves people from having to think about what they're really doing. They have to concentrate on how to do it.
Catherine Whitset: That's therapy. It doesn't really help.
Alex Stedman: Therapy.
[pause]
Alex Stedman: Are you looking for anyone? I believe they've all gone home.
Catherine Whitset: You haven't.
Alex Stedman: How did you get in?
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Secret behind the wall
17 May 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Charles Crichron had already succeeded in the difficult task of having an adult and a child perform together :"the hunting" was one of the most moving British movies of the fifties as well as Dirk Bogarde's first important role .

The Stephen -Messala-Boyd/Pamela Franklin pairing may seem strange first but this girl was really a wiz kid for she had already proved it in such works as Clayton's "the innocents" and "our mother's house" .Some kind of Jodie Foster of the sixties,she didn't make the career she deserved.

A shrink has been murdered and his patients are all suspects;Boyd portrays one of them,investigating the others 'life and meeting his daughter (Franklin) ,a disturbed girl who writes strange lines on a wall and who seems to know things better left unsaid.Many scenes take place by the sea on a lugubrious beach children forgot a long time ago.

Intriguing.


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