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The Secret Place (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 27 May 1957 (Denmark)
A beautiful redhead becomes involved with a smalltime gang of hoodlums who plan and perform a daring diamond robbery.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Lynette Perry (original screenplay) (as Linette Perry)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Belinda Lee ... Molly Wilson
Ronald Lewis ... Gerry Carter
Michael Brooke Michael Brooke ... Freddie Haywood
Michael Gwynn ... Steve Waring
Geoffrey Keen ... Mr. Haywood
David McCallum ... Mike Wilson
Maureen Pryor Maureen Pryor ... Mrs. Haywood
George Selway ... Paddy
George A. Cooper ... Harry
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A beautiful redhead becomes involved with a smalltime gang of hoodlums who plan and perform a daring diamond robbery.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

La ronda del diamante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Feature directorial debut of Clive Donner. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You're late.
Mike Wilson: Yes, I missed the bus this morning.
Harry: You missed the bus years ago.
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Soundtracks

But You
By Ray Martin (as Lester Powell) and Jack Fishman (as Danny Maule)
Sung by Jimmy Parkinson
Accompaniment directed by Eric Jupp (uncredited)
on a Columbia Record
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This secret hardly worth keeping.
19 July 2001 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

`The Secret Place' is an average little caper film apart from a tense jewel robbery sequence. It begins with a wind-up gramophone (which becomes important to the plot) playing some dire English pop song of the day. The `day' is the mid-nineteenfifties and flattened bombsites are much in evidence in the back streets of London's East End.

Clive Donner made one of my favorite films, the biting black comedy about the English class system, `Nothing but the Best' but this, his directorial debut, is a much more pedestrian effort with plodding dialogue and a plot holding few surprises.

The one highlight, however, is the performance of David McCallum of `Man from Uncle' infamy. Wearing a leather jacket and obviously under the influence of Brando and Dean he tries to portray the classic `crazy, mixed-up kid' so common in the popular culture of the fifties. Attempting teenage angst, he only manages to display the symptoms of constipation. Another central character, Ronald Lewis wears a huge, Brylcreemed Elvis Presley-style quiff.


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