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The Third Day (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 13 September 1965 (UK)
A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking ... See full summary »


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Joseph Hayes (based on the novel by), Burton Wohl (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
George Peppard ... Steve Mallory
Elizabeth Ashley ... Alexandria Mallory
Roddy McDowall ... Oliver Parsons
Arthur O'Connell ... Dr. Wheeler
Mona Washbourne ... Catherine Parsons
Herbert Marshall ... Austin Parsons
Robert Webber ... Dom Guardiano
Charles Drake ... Lawrence Conway
Sally Kellerman ... Holly Mitchell
Arte Johnson ... Lester Aldrich
Bill Walker ... Logan
Vincent Gardenia ... Preston
Janine Gray ... Totti


A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking out memories of his past? Written by sol-

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The first day brought the terror! The second day brought the woman... See more »


Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 September 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tercer día See more »

Filming Locations:

Jenner, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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WB bought the rights for $200,000. See more »


Guardiano takes a call in his office on a multi-line phone - one with a row of clear buttons below the rotary dial. None of the buttons light up when the phone buzzes, but he knows what button to press, and it doesn't light up when he picks up the receiver. See more »


Oliver Parsons: [Steve has given all the board members a printed copy of his company reorganization plan] My committee has studied various plans, including this one. We just didn't feel they would work.
Steve Mallory: If we reorganize the company, it'll work. We can get government contracts. Ceramic ferrite for computers. High voltage insulators. Insulation for electronic devices. Rocket...
Dr. Wheeler: I take it the first step is to increase our investment to expand?
Steve Mallory: That's right: spend money.
Oliver Parsons: Isn't that like adding cargo to a leaky boat?
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Referenced in De familie Knots: Eenzaam maar niet in je uppie (1983) See more »


Love Me Now
Words by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Music by Percy Faith
Sung by Arte Johnson
[Lester and his combo perform the song in the lounge in the flashback scene with Steve and Holly in attendance]
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"Rich boys learn to play, poor boys learn to fight."
20 August 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Adaptation of Joseph Hayes' book about a "buffoon" who survives a horrible car crash but with amnesia; he's unsure of his wealth and position, which his wife's elderly aunt is happy to fill him in on (she acts like a scorecard for the confused man, as well as the audience). Turns out he's a wealthy, ruthless boozer who holds the financial fate of most of the city's residents in his hands, being the owner of the local factory that he's considering selling off. He also had a woman in the car with him the day he drove off a mountain road, and if she dies he could be tried for homicide. Well-dressed but corny melodrama tries too hard to raise chills, such as when George Peppard sees something that jars his memory and Percy Faith's overly-fancy music swells up on the soundtrack like in a Hitchcock thriller. Roddy McDowall steals scenes as a nefarious relative (he's such a brittle prig, you half expect him to crack after Elizabeth Ashley slaps him), Sally Kellerman debuts in a showy flashback role, and Arte Johnson (pre-"Laugh-In") surprises with a serious performance as an unbalanced lounge pianist. The plot is slackly-handled by director Jack Smight. Under better circumstances, this might have been an exciting potboiler; as it is, the film's posh décor upstages the dull, soapy contrivances. *1/2 from ****

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