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The Family Secret (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 October 1951 (USA)
A lawyer faces a difficult decision when his son accidentally kills his best friend with no witnesses present, and a rift develops in his mother and father offer contradictory solutions to their sons dilemma.

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... David Clark
... Howard Clark
... Lee Pearson
... Ellen Clark
Santos Ortega ... District Attorney George Redman
... Donald Muir
... Dr. Steve Reynolds
Peggy Converse ... Sybil Bradley
... Vera Stone
... Marie Elsner
... Joe Elsner
... Henry Archer Sims
... Judge Geoffrey N. Williams
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A lawyer faces a difficult decision when his son accidentally kills his best friend with no witnesses present, and a rift develops in his mother and father offer contradictory solutions to their sons dilemma.

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Don't waste your time!
17 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie was horrible. I couldn't even get through it. It's about a young man that supposedly kills his best friend in self defense. He claims the friend was drunk and starting attacking him so he had to defend himself and accidentally kills him. John Derek plays the man who commits the murder. And his dad, played by Lee J. Cobb, just happens to be an attorney.

This is cookie-cutter soap opera drama. The acting is horrible, except for the gal that plays John Derek's secretary, played by Jody Lawrence. At one point, she is relaying phone messages "from your harem", to Derek's character. But she does it by taking on the accents and mannerisms of each of the callers. It's hilarious! But there's nothing else here worth watching.


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