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The Third Day (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 13 September 1965 (UK)
A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking ... See full summary »

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Steve Mallory
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Alexandria Mallory
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Oliver Parsons
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Dr. Wheeler
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Catherine Parsons
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Austin Parsons
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A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking out memories of his past? Written by sol-

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El tercer día  »

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Supporting actor Robert Webber was the one playing an amnesia victim in the same year's film Hysteria. 1965 was a big year for such as Gregory peck also lost his memory in Mirage in 1965. See more »

Goofs

Due to the tight turn Steve's car took before crashing through the guardrail, there should be four tire tracks in the mud, not the two (crudely made) ones that are shown. (In a tight turn, the rear wheels don't follow the track of the front.) See more »

Quotes

Catherine Parsons: Rich boys learn to play... poor boys learn to fight.
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Connections

Referenced in De familie Knots: Eenzaam maar niet in je uppie (1983) See more »

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Love Me Now
Words by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Music by Percy Faith
Sung by Arte Johnson
[Lester and his combo perform the song in the lounge in the flashback scene with Steve and Holly in attendance]
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Good, under-rated, under-seen suspenser.
5 October 2000 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

All but ignored when it came out in theaters, "The Third Day" is actually a good suspense film very much in the Hitchcock mode. It tells the story of a man accused of killing his mistress in a car accident, in which he was also injured. The problem is, the accident's left him an amnesiac, and, by the time the story is pieced together and the killer's identity revealed, both the protagonists and the audience have been through the emotional ringer.

The performances are all quite good, from then-husband and wife George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley as the protagonist and his understanding wife, to Roddy MacDowall as Peppard's less-than-honest younger brother, who may know more about the case than he's letting on, to a young Sally Kellerman as the mistress (in flashback), to Dame Mona Washbourne and, in his last role, Herbert Marshall as Peppard and MacDowall's parents. The only casting that doesn't really ring true is a pre-"Laugh-In" Arte Johnson as a sleazy blackmailer. Perhaps it's because he's so thought of as a comic actor, but he just doesn't convince as a heavy.

It's been almost twenty years since I saw this film, but it's obviously made an indelible impression. It's an absolute "must" if you like good suspense.


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