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Three Secrets (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 14 October 1950 (USA)
A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his ... See full summary »

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A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his birthday, three women begin to ponder if it's the son each gave up for adoption. As the three await news of his rescue at a mountain cabin, they recall incidents from five years earlier and why they were forced to give up their son. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Final film of Billy Bevan. See more »

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When Susan walks through the camp at the base of the mountain, the filming crew is briefly reflected on a car window. A man wears a white t-shirt while another is wearing a checked shirt. See more »

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Susan Adele Connors Chase: Who is the mother? Did you find out?
Ann Lawrence: We cancelled the call.
Susan Adele Connors Chase: But why?
Ann Lawrence: We thought if was better if we never found out. In a way he belongs to all three of us. And since all of us can't have him, we decided that you are the one to try to adopt him.
Susan Adele Connors Chase: I don't understand.
Phyllis Horn: Yes, that was our decision.
Susan Adele Connors Chase: But you just can't leave it like this. You aren't being fair to yourselves. You'll blame yourself all you life if you don't find out.
Ann Lawrence: Listen, Susan. You can get Johnnie. No court in the world would turn ...
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I Get a Kick out of You
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Three stars shine in low-key melodrama directed by Robert Wise...
26 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Whatever suspense THREE SECRETS has is derived from the audience not knowing (until the end) which woman's boy has survived a plane crash. Each woman (ELEANOR PARKER, RUTH ROMAN and PATRICIA NEAL) thinks it's her own abandoned five year-old son. As they wait patiently for more news on the identity of the boy, each woman reflects in flashbacks on what led up to their heart-breaking decision.

Robert Wise has directed all of the melodrama with some fine touches and a steady hand, so that Parker, Roman and Neal are all seen to advantage in a plot vaguely similar to that of A LETTER TO THREE WIVES in which three women await news on which husband deserted them.

Parker is a woman who had an illegitimate child; Roman had to give up her child while she served a jail term; Neal was a career woman who preferred career to domestic chores.

Sensibily acted and directed, it's a rather low-key melodrama that might not meet the demands of fans not enthusiastic about so-called chick flicks.


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