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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

Approved  |   |  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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Dulcie Gray ...
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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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Tödliches Geheimnis  »

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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 (1960) See more »

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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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