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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dulcie Gray ...
Christine Norden ...
Barbara 'Babs' Edge
Kieron Moore ...
Adam Lucian
Barbara White ...
Molly Sinclair Lucian
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Dr. Norris Pile
Edgar Norfolk ...
Sir George Freethorne
Dr. James Garsten
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Hans Tautz
Clive Morton ...
Robert Paston
Joss Ambler ...
Julian Briant
Jack Raine ...
Inspector Pierce
Laurence Hanray ...
Dr. Lefage
Helen Haye ...
Lady Maresfield


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 <>

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Release Date:

22 November 1947 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tödliches Geheimnis  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Burgess Meredith was suffering long-running psychiatric problems of his own during the shoot of "Mine Own Executioner" and sought advice from the doctor who was the film's technical adviser. According to his autobiography the psychiatrist advised him to try having children, which in fact proved a helpful solution. See more »


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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Version of Mine Own Executioner (1959) See more »


Rock-A-Bye Baby
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Heard when Lucian is walking home
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A Treasure
9 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Meredith shines in this underrated film that may be the finest depictions of the profession of psychotherapy ever made. He is first-rate as he portrays a therapist struggling with his personal flaws and profound doubts as to his effectiveness with clients. Exciting, well-written, superbly directed, and excellently filmed by cinematographer Freddie Francis, this will have a special significance to any counselor who has ever wondered if he or she was doing any good for themselves or anyone else. I saw this film first as a young boy and while I did not appreciate the subtleties in the script at the time, I found myself drawn to the character of the therapist. Eventually, I became one myself and perhaps this film planted the seed of interest in psychology and psychotherapy. When a film has that sort of impact, it is nothing less than a treasure.

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