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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  22 November 1947 (UK)
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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:
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Dulcie Gray ...
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Peter Edge
Christine Norden ...
Barbara 'Babs' Edge
Kieron Moore ...
Adam Lucian
Barbara White ...
Molly Sinclair Lucian
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Dr. Norris Pile
Edgar Norfolk ...
Sir George Freethorne
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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
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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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22 November 1947 (UK)  »

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Tödliches Geheimnis  »

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Rock-A-Bye Baby
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Heard when Lucian is walking home
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highly recommended
6 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will simply concur with most everyone else who has praised this excellent film and add only that it certainly wasn't underrated when it came out: critics were unanimous in their praise and the film was even selected as the British entry in the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

The only pity is that the only thing that seems to be available on DVD or video are horrible copies that do not do the film's visuals justice. It can only be hoped that this is corrected one day soon.

I must correct one of the writers who credits the film's fine cinematography to Freddie Francis. The cinematographer on the film was in fact Wilkie Cooper, who did so much brilliant work throughout his career. Mr Francis did work on the film, as Cooper's camera operator. But the lighting, composition and creating of visuals was the work of Cooper and that fine art director William Andrews.

See the film. You won't regret it.


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