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The Third Alibi (1961)

A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder ... See full summary »

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Montgomery Tully

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Maurice J. Wilson (screenplay), Montgomery Tully (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Payne ... Norman Martell
Patricia Dainton ... Helen Martell
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Peggy Hill
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Dr. Murdoch
John Arnatt ... Supt. Ross
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Producer
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Miss Potter
Olive Milbourne Olive Milbourne ... Mrs. Booth
Arthur Hewlett ... Marshall
Annette Kerr Annette Kerr ... Cinema cashier
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Singer
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A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder scheme that is too clever by half. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1961 (UK) See more »

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Eternal Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Cleo Laine receives a 'Guest Artist' credit. See more »

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Edited into Kraft Mystery Theater: The Third Alibi (1961) See more »

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NOW AND THEN
Written by Don Banks and David Dearlove
Sung by Cleo Laine with Dudley Moore (piano) (uncredited)
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Payne plays a skunk
17 December 2011 | by nova-63See all my reviews

Laurence Payne plays a skunk composer who is married to a beautiful woman (Patricia Dainton) but he decides that she isn't enough. So he starts a torrid affair with his wife's sister (Jane Griffiths). How low can you go? Although Payne loves no one but himself he decides to ask for a divorce so to please a nagging Griffiths. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce Payne and Griffiths concoct a murder plan to get rid of Dainton for good. Unfortunately for the pair, Dainton learns of their plan and sets out with a little plan of her own. As one would expect there are a few twists and turns to the finale that keep the viewer entertained.

There are tons of these low budget British crime films from this era. This one is slightly above the average with a nice screenplay and good performances across the board.


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