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The 3rd Voice (1960)

Marion Forbes is the secretary, the lover and the creator of the financial fortunes of Harry Chapman, but Chapman falls in love with Francis and decides to marry her. The revenge of Marion ... See full summary »

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Hubert Cornfield
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmond O'Brien ... The Voice (voice)
Julie London ... Corey Scott
Laraine Day ... Marian Forbes
Olga San Juan ... Blonde Prostitute
George Eldredge George Eldredge ... Judge Kendall
Tom Hernández Tom Hernández ... Desk Clerk
Abel Franco Abel Franco ... Police Inspector
Edward Colmans ... Carreras
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Tourist at Bar
Ralph Brooks Ralph Brooks ... Harris Chapman
Lucille Curtis Lucille Curtis ... Mrs. Kendall
Shirley O'Hara ... Carreras' Secretary
Raoul De Leon Raoul De Leon ... Bank Official
Sylvia Ray Sylvia Ray ... Hotel Miramar Cashier
Roque Ybarra Roque Ybarra ... Fisherman
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Marion Forbes is the secretary, the lover and the creator of the financial fortunes of Harry Chapman, but Chapman falls in love with Francis and decides to marry her. The revenge of Marion is terrible. With the help of the third voice she kills Harry who is then impersonated by the third voice. All of this to steal $600,000. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Spurned, she became mistress of the double-double-cross ! See more »

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USA

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June 1960 (Austria) See more »

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The Third Voice See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Joseph Cotten, Alan Ladd and William Powell were all considered for the Edmond O'Brien role, but they all passed. See more »

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Neat Little Suspenser
10 April 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- Edmond O'Brien (he has no movie name) collaborates with his lover Marian (Day) to impersonate her wealthy boss in order to collect a quarter-million dollars. The ruse, however, involves more telephone calls than AT&T, hence the title "The Third Voice".

For a brief time it looked like writer-director Cornfield would follow in Stanley Kubrick's footsteps with his intricately plotted, stylishly filmed Plunder Road (1957), a caper movie in the mode of Kubrick's classic The Killing (1956). For some reason, however, Cornfield's career petered out, especially following a feud with Marlon Brando on the set of The Night of the Following Day (1968), another caper film.

Looks like Cornfield worked best with small-scale b&w movies like this one, his follow-up to Plunder Road. The Third Voice is an imaginative, low-budget variation on the caper film that makes good use of a veteran cast, including a sultry Julie London. But it's really a showcase for that icon of film noir Edmond O'Brien, who runs up a monumental phone bill, that is, when not changing hotels like some modern-day Gypsy.

There're several episodes of good suspense, especially the pins & needles of wondering whether an accountant will follow protocol or not. Also, catch that sweaty hang up with the incriminating boat. The climax itself amounts to a neat, ironical twist in a hotel room that I didn't see coming. I'm just sorry Cornfield's career, for whatever reason, didn't match the early promise of this nifty little suspenser.


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