The Third Secret (1964)





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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Stephen Boyd
as Alex Stedman
Jack Hawkins
as Sir Frederick Belline
Richard Attenborough
as Alfred Price-Gorham
Diane Cilento
as Anne Tanner
Pamela Franklin
as Catherine Whitset
Paul Rogers
as Dr. Milton Gillen
Alan Webb
as Alden Hoving
Peter Sallis
as Lawrence Jacks
Patience Collier
as Mrs. Pelton
Freda Jackson
as Mrs. Bales
Judi Dench
as Miss Humphries
Peter Copley
as Dr. Leo Whitset
Nigel Davenport
as Lew Harding
Charles Lloyd Pack
as Dermot McHenry
Barbara Hicks
as Police Secretary
Gerald Case
as Mr. Bickes
Neal Arden
as Mr. Morgan
Rachel Kempson
as Mildred Hoving
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
as Police Officer
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A solid little mystery with some creepy undertones and a few intense moments, especially the climax. Boyd is a bit stiff (except for one really hammy scene) but Pamela Franklin as the young girl is wonderful. The psychoanalytic elements are handled fairly well. It's not hard to see the ending a mile off, but it's still pretty gripping, and along the way are a couple of insightful observations about man's struggles with his psyche. Some pretty nice dramatic camerawork as well.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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