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The Third Key (1956)

The Long Arm (original title)
Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday
John Stratton ...
Detective-Sergeant Ward
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Michael Brooke ...
Sam Kydd ...
Police Constable in Information Room
Glyn Houston ...
Detective-Sergeant in 'Q' car
Richard Leech ...
'Nightwatchman' / Gilson
Newton Blick ...
Deputy Commander
Geoffrey Keen ...
Chief-Superintendent Malcolm
Sydney Tafler ...
Stone
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Creasey
George Rose ...
Slob
Arthur Rigby ...
Detective-Inspector at Chester
Ralph Truman ...
Colonel Blenkinsop
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The Young Workman
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Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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The True Inside Story of Scotland Yard's Crime Busters!

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Drama | Mystery

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June 1956 (UK)  »

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The last film made at Ealing Studios, London. See more »

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[during the final chase, Halliday leaps onto the bonnet of the getaway car and stops it by smashing its windscreen with his truncheon; as it lurches to a halt, he falls off the bonnet onto the ground. Ward helps him up]
Detective-Sergeant Ward: Are you all right, sir?
Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday: I'll live, I think.
Detective-Sergeant Ward: Nothing broken?
[Halliday pauses and looks mortified]
Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday: Yes - a promise I made to let *other* people take the risks!
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A logical story
4 April 2002 | by (Somerset, England) – See all my reviews

Apart from the unique acting style of Jack Hawkins (before his so sad illness), one thing which marks this film out from modern detective yarns is that the detective work follows logical sequences - little depends on chance and nothing on fantastic coincidences.

It is a rattling good yarn - I only wish the same could be said of todays films.

And the supporting cast!!! Ian Bannen gets run over and killed and (Sir) Alec McCowan is an unimportant doctor. But everyone has to start somewhere.

Those were the days

Gerald (aged 72)


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