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Three Secrets (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 14 October 1950 (USA)
Three women who secretly gave their new-born sons up for adoption in 1945, wonder if the 5-year old survivor of a plane crash, named in the local newspapers, is their long-abandoned son.

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Robert Wise
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Susan Adele Connors Chase
Patricia Neal ... Phyllis Horn
Ruth Roman ... Ann Lawrence
Frank Lovejoy ... Bob Duffy
Leif Erickson ... Bill Chase
Ted de Corsia ... Del Prince
Edmon Ryan ... Hardin
Larry Keating ... Mark Harrison
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Connors
Arthur Franz ... Paul Radin
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Storyline

A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his birthday, three women begin to ponder if it's the son each gave up for adoption. As the three await news of his rescue at a mountain cabin, they recall incidents from five years earlier and why they were forced to give up their son. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Don't judge these girls until you know their Three Secrets.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock Bottom See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000, 31 December 1950
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Production Co:

United States Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Billy Bevan. See more »

Goofs

When Susan walks through the camp at the base of the mountain, the filming crew is briefly reflected on a car window. A man wears a white t-shirt while another is wearing a checked shirt. See more »

Quotes

Paul Radin: [Before leaving for the military] There's someone else.
Susan Adele Connors Chase: Someone else?
Paul Radin: Back home. Before I met you. I... I can't forget her. I tried to but I can't.
Paul Radin: Do you really love her?
Paul Radin: We went to school together. We've known each other since we were kids. Susan, I can't even explain it to myself. All I can ask is please forgive me... Say something. Say goodbye to me. Tell me you hope I get killed. But don't just stand there looking at me.
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Connections

Remade as Three Secrets (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I Get a Kick out of You
Written by Cole Porter
Played often during the Phyllis Horn segment
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Solid drama, but .....
3 October 2000 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

Three women review their past lives while they wait for news that will change the future totally for one of them.

But it isn't "Letter to Three Wives"!

Putting aside the shameless use of the formula from Mankiewicz' masterwork, "Three Secrets" is an enjoyable, well-written drama. Another similarity to "... Three Wives", and one that I have no objection to, is leads Patricia Neal, Eleanor Parker & Ruth Roman being mature, extremely attractive women; not a teenybopper or nymphet in sight.

A second movie that came to mind while watching "Three Secrets" was "The Big Carnival" with its media circus of cynical reporters covering and exploiting a disaster. However Wilder's film followed this one.

The beautiful Cole Porter tune `I get a kick out of you' is well used on the soundtrack.


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