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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:

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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

Steve Waring: It's so easy to drift into things Molly. It's so hard to get out of them.
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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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The Boy Problem
16 June 2017 | by jcappySee all my reviews

No murders. No corpse. Just a well thought out jewel hoist which will allow its gang members to live a life a bit above their working class status. All the adult characters and actors are human, remarkably absorbing, and given quite a lot of stature or presence.

The trouble is the boy. He seems to fit nicely enough into the scheme of the plot until he feels spurned by a young woman he's childishly in love with. He recognizes this rejection in several steps, but from the first disillusionment, he strikes a sudden self-righteous pose which makes him a very poor foil to the sympathetic jewel thieves.

Do we want this kid, the son of a cop, to be more cop than his father? Do we appreciate his detective-like qualities, and all his not credible luck in bringing down his adult antagonists? No matter how many bad traits the plot throws at the thieves, none of them really stick. What does hold, unfortunately, is the boy's rather sniveling, boy-scout alignment with both the jewelers and the police.


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