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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Scotland Yard's most baffling case 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

A kid try to sell the headlight (lamp) of a car, actually is the one belonged to the getaway car. When the police found the car, all the headlights are still there. See more »

Quotes

[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 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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