The Third Secret (1964, Charles Crichton). Engaging enough thriller about American journalist in London Stephen Boyd investigating the death of his psychologist and developing a friendship with the psychologist’s daughter, played by Pamela Franklin. Both Boyd and Franklin are excellent; the supporting cast is strong. Unfortunately, the mystery angle isn’t particularly compelling (which almost seems like a conscious choice on the filmmakers’ parts) and the two surprise endings are boring. Fantastic CinemaScope composition, shot in wondrous black and white. It’s a misfire, but worth a look. DVD, Blu-ray.
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