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Mine Own Executioner (1947)

Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a ... 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 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 enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, 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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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tödliches Geheimnis See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Burgess Meredith was suffering long-running psychiatric problems of his own during the shoot of "Mine Own Executioner" and sought advice from the doctor who was the film's technical adviser. According to his autobiography the psychiatrist advised him to try having children, which in fact proved a helpful solution. 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

Version of Mine Own Executioner (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-A-Bye Baby
(uncredited)
Traditional nursery rhyme
Heard when Lucian is walking home
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It comes as a surprise watching this to discover that psychiatry, in this country, was in such a state of infancy
5 October 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

It comes as a surprise watching this to discover that psychiatry, in this country, was in such a state of infancy. Although it was about to be introduced into the NHS, in the early post-war years the insane asylums, where anyone who didn't fit the norm, tended to be tossed still prevailed. The mental effects of warfare were a factor in alerting the authorities to cause and effect more clearly than early childhood incidents, which parents tended to do their best to conceal. So, here we have a film of vital social interest, so intriguing and indeed stunning a 1947 audience that the film receive many plaudits and became the official British entry at Cannes. Burgess Meredith puts in a fine and convincing performance and the entire film is presented in such a way as to titillate, excite and inform with the added bonus of a scary suspense element and killings.


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