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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

Pretty Molly Lucian (Barbara White) enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne (Burgess Meredith) in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam (Kieron Moore), who refuses ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (novel), Nigel Balchin (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burgess Meredith ... Felix Milne
Dulcie Gray ... Patricia Milne
Michael Shepley ... Peter Edge
Christine Norden ... Barbara Edge
Kieron Moore ... Adam Lucian
Barbara White Barbara White ... Molly Lucian
Walter Fitzgerald ... Dr. Norris Pile
Edgar Norfolk Edgar Norfolk ... Sir George Freethorne
John Laurie ... Dr. James Garsten
Martin Miller ... Dr. Hans Tautz
Clive Morton ... Robert Paston
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Julian Briant
Jack Raine ... Inspector Pierce
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Dr. Lefage
Helen Haye ... Lady Maresfield
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Storyline

Pretty Molly Lucian (Barbara White) enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne (Burgess Meredith) in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam (Kieron Moore), who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a Japanese prison camp, Adam proves to be on the verge of severe schizophrenia. In his risky struggle to help Adam, Felix finds his none-too-functional home life deteriorating, and is unable to help himself as he helps others. The situation rushes headlong to a suspenseful climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tödliches Geheimnis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was first telecast in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, November 15, 1953 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City on Sunday, April 4, 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco, California it made its television debut on Thursday, June 9, 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Barbara Edge: There's nothing worse than a man who makes you take off your self-respect, and keep your clothes on.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "There are too many Examples of men, that have been their own executioners, and that have made hard shrift to bee so; . . . . . some have beat out their braines at the wal of their prison, and some have eate the fire out of their chimneys: but I do nothing upon my selfe, and yet am mine owne Executioner."

DORRE, Devotions. 1624 A.D. See more »

Connections

References The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-A-Bye Baby
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Traditional nursery rhyme
Heard when Lucian is walking home
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That Made A Pleasant Change
28 February 2018 | by vogun-17563See all my reviews

All rather refreshing for me. The subject has been done before of course, but I can't recall it being too often and not with as much class as this, at least in the UK, at that time.

I can't really add to the reviews on the plot and subject matter, only that I thought Burgess Meredith played his part very well in this, and gave us a complex character with his own questions. A shout for the other actors as well, who all put in strong performances with their characterisations too, regardless of the amount of screen time. There is even an uncredited appearance of Michael Horden in this, and I also had sympathy for the kid who briefly opens and closes the film really, with his two contrasting appearances.

The general look of this B/W film and feel of the film is also very good, with a well written script all combining to give this film an entertaining atmosphere about it. I particular liked the scene where there's some subtle frisson going on in the room, and there is the most minimal of eye movement happening between the actors, bar one, that say it all.

About two thirds of the way through, I thought where is it all going, as it didn't seem to be going anywhere in particular, then I thought, so what, I'm enjoying the ride. It was a good ride too, as the strands came together and the pace picked up, with a well done tension highlight (Hitchcockian, some say, and I agree) in a rescue scene.

Surprised to see that Director, Anthony Kimmin's previous films included quite a few George Formby films filmed prior to the war. This was his first after the war, and bears no relation whatsoever to the Formby films.

If you have the time, and enjoy old B/W movies, this very well may be for you.


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