The 3rd Voice

The 3rd Voice (also known as The Third Voice) is a 1960 American thriller crime drama film directed and written by Hubert Cornfield, who also produced the film with Maury Dexter. It is based on the novel All the Way by Charles Williams and stars Edmond O'Brien, Laraine Day (in her final film), and Julie London.[1][2]

The 3rd Voice
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHubert Cornfield
Produced byHubert Cornfield
Maury Dexter
Written byHubert Cornfield
Based onAll the Way
by Charles Williams
StarringEdmond O'Brien
Laraine Day
Julie London
Music byJohnny Mandel
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byJohn A. Bushelman
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05) (New York City)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


The Man (Edmond O'Brien) is the accomplice of Marian Forbes (Laraine Day), the spurned mistress of a tycoon. She coaches The Man in impersonating the voice and appearance and habits of the intended victim and when he has been taken care of The Man begins his masquerade in a Mexican resort. Here he meets Corey Scott (Julie London) and moves on to contemplating the murder of his tutor. But things begin to go awry.


List of the actors in the film:[3]

  • Edmond O'Brien - The Man
  • Laraine Day - Marian Forbes
  • Julie London - Corey Scott
  • Edward Colmans - Carreras
  • Shirley O'Hara - Carreras' Secretary
  • Ralph Brooks - Harris Chapman
  • Abel Franco - Police Inspector
  • George Eldredge - Judge Kendall
  • Roque Ybarra - 1st Fisherman
  • Ruben Moreno - 2nd Fisherman
  • Raoul De Leon - Bank Official
  • Francisco Ortega - Bank Cashier
  • John Garrett - Bank Clerk
  • Henry Delgado - Desk Clerk - Palacio
  • Andre Oropeza - Desk Clerk - Miramar
  • Sylvia Ray - Hotel Miramar Cashier
  • Tom Hernández - Other Desk Clerk
  • Olga San Juan - Blonde
  • George Trevino - Captain Camos
  • Lucille Curtis - Mrs. Kendall
  • Tom Daly - Tourist at Bar
  • Mario Armenta - Orchestra Leader
  • Robert Hernandez - Bellhop
  • Eddie Le Baron - Carlos
  • Manuel Serrano - Headwaiter
  • Francis Ravel - Waiter
  • Alberto Monte - Photographer


The film was made by the production arm of Robert L. Lippert who produced lesser budgeted films for 20th Century Fox. Lippert personally bought the rights to the book and arranged for Cornfield to adapt and direct. Lippert and head of Fox Spyros Skouras decided to increase the budget to what co produced Maury Dexter described as a "nervous A class" of film. The movie was shot in and around Los Angeles and Malibu.[4]

Filming took place in October 1959.[5]

Dexter says during filming Cornfield accused O'Brien of not knowing his lines and O'Brien threatened to punch the director on the last day of filming. This did not happen.[4]


Dexter says the film got got reviews and "did fairly well at the box office".[4]

The Los Angeles Times called the film an "interesting thriller".[6]


  1. Blum, Daniel (1961). Daniel Blum's Screen World. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 20. ISBN 0-8196-0302-3.
  2. THIRD VOICE, the. (1960, Monthly Film Bulletin, 27, 55. Retrieved from
  3. IMB: The 3rd Voice
  4. Dexter, Maury (2012). Highway to Hollywood (PDF). p. 96–97.
  5. Scheuer, P. K. (1959, Oct 26). Lippert hails era of $300,000 hits. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. Warren, G. (1960, Jan 28). 'The third voice' interesting thriller. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
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