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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christine Norden replaced Rosalyn Boulter after an intervention by Burgess Meredith's wife Paulette Goddard, who decided that Boulter wasn't sexy enough. 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 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-A-Bye Baby
(uncredited)
Traditional nursery rhyme
Heard when Lucian is walking home
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A Mislaid Gem
16 July 2014 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I have an impressive collection of 1940s movies on DVD but this one has hitherto eluded me.Full marks then to www.youtube.com for up-loading this missing gem of a film and thereby giving me a viewing pleasure.Yes I know that in the immediate post war years the fall out of physical and mental stress from combat affected returning servicemen and that apart from their physical wounds there was a need to treat their minds through psychiatry.Consequently the film industry produced quite a few movies portraying the recovery treatment to war veterans and civilians.Examples were "Spellbound"1946 "The Seventh Veil"1947 & "Since You Went Away "1944.

Dulcie Gray is in her familiar role of a put upon wife (as she played in "They Were Sisters") but in this film she has more character & strength of mind when clumsily supporting her lay-psychiatrist husband (Burgess Meredith).I first saw the attractive Barbara White in "Quiet Weekend" (1946),the sequel to "Quiet Wedding"(1940) and here she has a grown up part playing Molly Sinclair Lucian.Kieron Moore plays her ill-fated mentally distressed war veteran husband, Adam Lucian, who is the main patient of Burgess Meredith.Nigel Balchin wrote the novel on which this screenplay was based.Another intelligent novel by him produced into a film was "The Small Back Room" produced the same year as "My Own Executioner",(1947).

Definitely worth another viewing as long as it remains uploaded on www.youtube.com.I rated it highly 9/10 as one of Burgess Meredith's best films, especially as I noticed it had a rating of only a bit above 6/10.


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