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The Third Alibi (1961)

A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder ... See full summary »

Director:

Montgomery Tully

Writers:

Maurice J. Wilson (screenplay), Montgomery Tully (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Payne ... Norman Martell
Patricia Dainton ... Helen Martell
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Peggy Hill
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Dr. Murdoch
John Arnatt ... Supt. Ross
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Producer
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Miss Potter
Olive Milbourne Olive Milbourne ... Mrs. Booth
Arthur Hewlett ... Marshall
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Cinema cashier
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Singer
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Storyline

A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder scheme that is too clever by half. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1961 (UK) See more »

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Eternal Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters in this film are fictitious. Any resemblance to any person living or dead is coincidental. See more »

Connections

Edited into Kraft Mystery Theater: The Third Alibi (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

NOW AND THEN
Written by Don Banks and David Dearlove
Sung by Cleo Laine with Dudley Moore (piano) (uncredited)
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A cracking little mystery, more twists then a roller-coaster.
29 August 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What a clever little mystery this is, it is incredible how many of these forgotten gems are out there. I would have imagined this was made as a low budget b movie, but it is fully deserving of praise. Very good performances all round, Laurence Payne and Jane Griffiths are both very good, but it's the performance of Patricia Dainton that stole the show in her final on screen performance, a truly natural beauty, she plays a very soft, frail and dutiful wife, who possesses more then is shown on the surface. I love how complex the plot is, it is full of knots, twists and turns, it's a film you watch and have no idea which way it's going to go, you are guessing until the very (shock) end. It features a small cameo for Cleo Laine.

The plot is so good it could quite easily be remade into some cosy modern day mystery. It starts fairly slowly, and you could be forgiven for losing interest, but it's one of those that if you stick with you will totally get caught up in, the ending is so good too. I love a good mystery and this ticks all the boxes.

I'm glad I found it, 8/10


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