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The Third Key (1956)

The Long Arm (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | June 1956 (UK)
Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Mary Halliday
Michael Brooke ...
Tony Halliday
Sam Kydd ...
Police Constable in Information Room
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Detective-Sergeant in 'Q' car
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'Nightwatchman' / Gilson
Newton Blick ...
Deputy Commander
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Chief-Superintendent Jim 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 - Stanley James
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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! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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June 1956 (UK)  »

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The Third Key  »

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1.37 : 1
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The late edition of the "Daily Mail" found in Mrs Elliot's car is accurately dated Friday September 2nd 1955. The safe-breaking robbery at Stone & Co which opens the film occurs on [Friday September] 9th. 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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Anyone who likes British 1950s films MUST watch The Long Arm
15 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Long Arm is an excellent film in my opinion, for 2 main reasons. Firstly it captures all the elements of a typical 1950s British film, with typical London landmarks, familiar faces from other movies, and accents and a way of life portrayed from that era prior to the onset of the society-changing 1960s. Secondly the movie provides, for someone watching for the first time, a thrilling plot with several twists which keep you interested right to the end.

Hawkins is superb as the central character - with the investigation of a hit-and-run murder obviously a more serious crime in 50s London than nowadays. This is the sort of film to watch if you are off work on a midweek afternoon.


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