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The Third Secret (1964)

A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as ... See full summary »

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Sir Frederick Belline
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Alfred Price-Gorham
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Anne Tanner
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Dr. Milton Gillen
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Alden Hoving
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Mildred Hoving
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Lawrence Jacks
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Dr. Leo Whitset
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Lew Harding
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A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as this would go against all of the principles her father stood for, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be both surprising and disturbing. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Judi Dench's first film. See more »

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While on the beach, young Catherine is telling Alex that she knows the names of her father's patients. We hear her say she knows "four" names, but her lips show she is saying the word "five". Likely, "four" was dubbed over "five" upon the decision to remove Patricia Neal's character from the story. See more »

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Catherine Whitset: [Stedman is sitting alone in a darkened television studio as Catherine Whitset enters and indicates the broadcasting equipment] It's very complicated, isn't it?
Alex Stedman: It has to be.
Catherine Whitset: Why?
Alex Stedman: It saves people from having to think about what they're really doing. They have to concentrate on how to do it.
Catherine Whitset: That's therapy. It doesn't really help.
Alex Stedman: Therapy.
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Alex Stedman: Are you looking for anyone? I believe they've all gone home.
Catherine Whitset: You haven't.
Alex Stedman: How did you get in?
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Solid craftsmanship vs. wordy screenplay
3 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just to elaborate on certain comments about Pamela Franklin; she was born in 1950, and 'The Third Secret' was made in 1964, which made her... 14. Not 18, although she may have seemed precociously mature for her age - but then, that's very much part of the fabric of the film. Her scenes with Boyd carry a sexual tension that film-makers and society in general were brave enough to confront at that time. Indeed, don't films from the 60s and 70s (until Star Wars brought serious cinema crashing down) seem terribly grown up? Although Charles Crichton was an Ealing man, his work here is more reminiscent of the Woodfall school of British realism, and light years away from his comedic timing in 'The Battle of the Sexes'. It's hard to deny that the dialogue gets a bit stodgy at times - a pity, since the screenplay contains a great many sly clues to the solution which can get lost amidst the psycho-babble. This was made at a time when much of the UK's cinema was in the hands of serious craftsmen and women - their films are exemplary lessons in thoughtful, considered cinema. However, in this case, fine technique fails to overcome a wordy screenplay, although it's a close-run thing.


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