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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday
John Stratton ...
Detective-Sergeant Ward
Dorothy Alison ...
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 superior police drama.
29 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In this cracking black and white police drama, Ealing comes up trumps yet again. Made in 1956, with good locations in and around London, the story concerns Jack Hawkins, as Superintendent Halliday, who has to track down, a very clever cat burglar, who is an expert in disguises.

What makes this film so interesting, is that Hawkins, trying to reproduce the character, made a similar film, 2 years later, called 'Gideon of Scotland Yard', which was shot in colour by the great John Ford. Where 'Long Arm' succeeded in every way, 'Gideon' was a shambles. It just proves that the one of greatest directors in Hollywood history, and a good cast , are hamstrung, without a reasonable script. 'Long Arm' holds you in suspense right up the final scene, even when you know, that the cinema code of the day, will not allow the villain to escape. A good supporting cast from a large range of well known British actors, makes this film a must to see. 8 out of 10.


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