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Triple Deception (1956)

House of Secrets (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 November 1956 (UK)
Due to his physical resemblance to criminal Steve Chancellor, seaman Larry Ellis is recruited by law enforcement to pose as Chancellor and infiltrate an organized crime ring in France.


Guy Green


Sterling Noel (novel), Robert Buckner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Michael Craig ... Larry Ellis / Steve Chancellor (dec.)
Julia Arnall ... Diane Gilbert
Brenda de Banzie ... Mme. Isabella Ballu
Barbara Bates ... Judy Anderson
David Kossoff ... Henryk van de Heide, CIA
Gérard Oury ... Julius Pindar (as Gerard Oury)
Geoffrey Keen ... Col. Burleigh, CIA
Anton Diffring ... Anton Lauderbach
Eric Pohlmann ... Gratz
Eugene Deckers ... Vidal
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Lessage (as Jacques Brunius)
Carl Jaffe ... Walter Dorffman (as Carl Jaffé)
Gordon Tanner ... Curtice
Alan Tilvern ... Brandelli


Ship's officer Larry Ellis is asked by the CIA to help infiltrate a forgery ring in France as he is almost a double for a dead double-crossing gold courier who worked for the gang. Ellis realises his life is at risk but that so is the stability of the money supplies of the Western world. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


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Mon Amour Parisien
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Marcel Stellman
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Uninteresting B Movie
9 February 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Larry Ellis bares a striking resemblance to a dead criminal whose smuggling gang's activities threaten the economy of the western world so the CIA recruit him to take on the dead man's identity to infiltrate the gang

The above is the premise for HOUSE OF SECRETS . It's maybe not a groundbreaking idea but it's a solid one similar to WHITE HEAT which I had the pleasure of seeing again a few days previously . With both movies you know where the story is going and that it's only a matter of time before the undercover agent gets found out . But where as in WHITE HEAT the audience are kept on the edge of their seats by the intelligent script HOUSE OF SECRETS is rather uninvolving and seems somewhat underdeveloped , a case in point is when Larry is asked to meet " The girl " . He doesn't know which girl the gang are talking about , so instead of the gang members physically taking him to meet the girl thereby blowing his cover due to his ignorance Larry goes to meet his CIA contact to ask what girl the gang are referring to . Things like this means the script misses the opportunity to create nail biting tension and makes the movie rather uninvolving

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English | French

Release Date:

19 November 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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