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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 9 February 1948 (UK)
Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a ... See full summary »

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Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a Japanese prison camp, Adam proves to be on the verge of severe schizophrenia. In his risky struggle to help Adam, Felix finds his none-too-functional home life deteriorating, and is unable to help himself as he helps others. The situation rushes headlong to a suspenseful climax... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 February 1948 (UK)  »

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Tödliches Geheimnis  »

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Trivia

Christine Norden replaced Rosalyn Boulter after an intervention by Burgess Meredith's wife Paulette Goddard, who decided that Boulter wasn't sexy enough. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Edge: There's nothing worse than a man who makes you take off your self-respect, and keep your clothes on.
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References The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) See more »

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Rock-A-Bye Baby
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Traditional nursery rhyme
Heard when Lucian is walking home
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Brilliant and thoughtful
1 December 2004 | by (Newport, RI) – See all my reviews

The first film to explore the use of lay practitioners in the Freudian theory, this film is so far ahead of its time as to be psychologically shocking. American Burgess Meredith's performance is one of the best of his career. The absolute certainty with which he portrays the uncertainty of the human psyche (his own as well as others') is the film's brilliance.

Torn with personal ambivalence, Felix is also torn with the knowledge that he is unable to save his worthwhile patient and his loving wife. A truly under-acknowledged and underestimated film, it deserves a viewing by all interested in film art, and in the development of psychoanalytic technique.


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