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The Third Alibi (1961)

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A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Laurence Payne ...
Norman Martell
Patricia Dainton ...
Helen Martell
Jane Griffiths ...
Peggy Hill
Edward Underdown ...
Dr. Murdoch
John Arnatt ...
Supt. Ross
Humphrey Lestocq ...
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Lucy Griffiths ...
Miss Potter
Cleo Laine ...
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Arthur Hewlett ...
Marshall
Annette Kerr ...
Cinema cashier
Olive Milbourn ...
Mrs. Booth
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A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder scheme that is too clever by half. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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September 1961 (UK)  »

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Film debut of Dudley Moore. See more »

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Music by Don Banks
Lyrics by David Dearlove
Sung by Cleo Laine with Dudley Moore (piano)
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Payne plays a skunk
17 December 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Laurence Payne plays a skunk composer who is married to a beautiful woman (Patricia Dainton) but he decides that she isn't enough. So he starts a torrid affair with his wife's sister (Jane Griffiths). How low can you go? Although Payne loves no one but himself he decides to ask for a divorce so to please a nagging Griffiths. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce Payne and Griffiths concoct a murder plan to get rid of Dainton for good. Unfortunately for the pair, Dainton learns of their plan and sets out with a little plan of her own. As one would expect there are a few twists and turns to the finale that keep the viewer entertained.

There are tons of these low budget British crime films from this era. This one is slightly above the average with a nice screenplay and good performances across the board.


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