12 user 5 critic

Mine Own Executioner (1947)

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 »



(novel), (screen play)
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime but for different reasons.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A writer eloping with his mistress by train has second thoughts, pulls the emergency brake, bails out and witnesses the train's collision with another train, events eventually leading to murder and a police manhunt.

Director: Daniel Birt
Stars: Valerie Hobson, Richard Todd, Christine Norden
Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Suddenly (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Connecticut. While he is finding a theme for ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Gary Cooper, Anna Sten, Ralph Bellamy
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him... See full summary »

Directors: Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer.

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Valentina Cortese
The Shout (1978)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A traveler by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt


Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Edge
Barbara White ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Dr. Norris Pile
Edgar Norfolk ...
Sir George Freethorne
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Hans Tautz
Robert Paston
Joss Ambler ...
Julian Briant
Inspector Pierce
Lawrence Hanray ...
Dr. Lefage
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 February 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tödliches Geheimnis  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Burgess Meredith had come to Britain because his wife of the time, Paulette Goddard, was starring in Alexander Korda's film of "An Ideal Husband". The marriage was in trouble and Meredith didn't want to be apart from her. Korda's company, London Films, was also producing "Mine Own Executioner", and Korda offered Meredith the lead. (The character is said to be Canadian, rather than English as in the novel). See more »


Barbara Edge: There's nothing worse than a man who makes you take off your self-respect, and keep your clothes on.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "There are too many Examples of men, that have been their own executioners, and that have made hard shrift to bee so; . . . . . some have beat out their braines at the wal of their prison, and some have eate the fire out of their chimneys: but I do nothing upon my selfe, and yet am mine owne Executioner."

DORRE, Devotions. 1624 A.D. See more »


Version of Mine Own Executioner (1959) See more »


Rock-A-Bye Baby
Traditional nursery rhyme
Heard when Lucian is walking home
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

15 Most Bingeable TV Shows

"The IMDb Show" presents the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time, featuring "Rick and Morty," "The Office," and "Lost."

Watch now