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The Third Secret (1964)

The first secret is what we don't tell people, the second secret is what we don't tell ourselves and the third secret is - the truth.

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Charles Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Alex Stedman
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Frederick Belline
Richard Attenborough ... Alfred Price-Gorham
Diane Cilento ... Anne Tanner
Pamela Franklin ... Catherine Whitset
Paul Rogers ... Dr. Milton Gillen
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Alden Hoving
Rachel Kempson ... Mildred Hoving
Peter Sallis ... Lawrence Jacks
Patience Collier ... Mrs. Pelton
Freda Jackson ... Mrs. Bales
Judi Dench ... Miss Humphries
Peter Copley ... Dr. Leo Whitset
Nigel Davenport ... Lew Harding
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dermot McHenry
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Storyline

A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as this would go against all of the principles her father stood for, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be both surprising and disturbing. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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The Story of a Man Searching for a Killer Who Might Be Himself! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Al treilea secret See more »

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Hubris Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Judi Dench's first film. See more »

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While on the beach, young Catherine is telling Alex that she knows the names of her father's patients. We hear her say she knows "four" names, but her lips show she is saying the word "five". Likely, "four" was dubbed over "five" upon the decision to remove Patricia Neal's character from the story. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Whitset: [Stedman is sitting alone in a darkened television studio as Catherine Whitset enters and indicates the broadcasting equipment] It's very complicated, isn't it?
Alex Stedman: It has to be.
Catherine Whitset: Why?
Alex Stedman: It saves people from having to think about what they're really doing. They have to concentrate on how to do it.
Catherine Whitset: That's therapy. It doesn't really help.
Alex Stedman: Therapy.
[pause]
Alex Stedman: Are you looking for anyone? I believe they've all gone home.
Catherine Whitset: You haven't.
Alex Stedman: How did you get in?
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Suspenseful
25 October 2002 | by joandanielsSee all my reviews

I was the edge of my seat! A suspenseful Who Done It with compelling performances by Pamela Franklin and Stephen Boyd in challengingly complex roles. The plot is fairly progressive for its time - the topic of mental illness still somewhat taboo in our society. I read somewhere that Stephen Boyd was so taken with the story and the character, he took a sizeable pay cut to play the role of Alex. Versatile actor that he was, he seemed to most enjoy those demanding and unusual character roles with substance and depth that really challenge an actor and in which he performed so notably well. And Pamela Franklin, at the age of 14, is an incredible actress taking on a role that veterans would not have managed nearly as well.

Great story - great film - great acting!


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