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The Third Key (1956)
"The Long Arm" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  June 1956 (UK)
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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
Dorothy Alison ...
Mary Halliday
Michael Brooke ...
Tony Halliday
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 ...
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George Rose ...
Slob
Arthur Rigby ...
Detective-Inspector at Chester
Ralph Truman ...
Colonel Blenkinsop
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Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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Good solid stuff.
23 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a superb police detection drama, with Jack Hawkins as the warm-hearted focus of a rather complex crime saga. The best supporting performance is by Ursula Howells, who brilliantly conveys neurotic menace and desperation in just a few scenes. The young Ian Bannen is killed off very quickly, but already in this early appearance we can see his superior qualities working on screen. This 1956 British film is clearly an attempt to emulate the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood films such as 'The House on 92nd Street', directed by Henry Hathaway, since it also portrays stolid and patient police work, shown in loving detail. There are no 'noir' elements to this drama, and the crime is just crime, with no psychology or angst. The plot has some intriguing novelties. In the first safe robbery at the beginning of the film, the thief remains at the scene of the crime and pretends to be a night watchman, lets the police in, shows sympathy and bewilderment, and then makes his escape after they have gone. The whole case really is a brain-teaser, and well worth viewing by any chess player or detective enthusiast. It is a superior British film of its genre.


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