The Third Alibi
|The Third Alibi|
|Directed by||Montgomery Tully|
|Produced by||Maurice J. Wilson|
|Screenplay by||Maurice J. Wilson|
|Based on||play A Moment of Blindness by Pip Baker|
|Music by||Don Banks|
|Cinematography||Walter J. Harvey (as James Harvey)|
|Edited by||Jim Connock|
Eternal Films Limited
|Distributed by||Grand National Pictures (UK)|
Musicals composer Norman Martell's (Laurence Payne) is having an affair with his wife Helen's (Patricia Dainton) divorced stepsister, Peggy (Jane Griffiths). Peggy repeatedly asks him to obtain a divorce and marry her; he finally agrees when she becomes pregnant. His wife refuses his request out of sibling rivalry and suggests that the child's father may be someone else. Martell cannot just leave his wife, as she manages his royalty income. Instead, he plots her murder, using the tape recorder he uses in his composing to establish an alibi.
- Laurence Payne as Norman Martell
- Patricia Dainton as Helen Martell
- Jane Griffiths as Peggy Hill
- Edward Underdown as Doctor Murdoch
- John Arnatt as Superintendent Ross
- Humphrey Lestocq as Producer
- Lucy Griffiths as Miss Potter
- Cleo Laine as Singer
- Arthur Hewlett as Marshall
- Annette Kerr as Cinema cashier
- Dudley Moore as Piano accompanist (uncredited)
TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it a "tight little thriller"; and BFI Screenonline wrote, "The Third Alibi benefits distinctly from the assured economy of his (Tully's) direction. Compact, low-key, but exciting...this later work is, characteristically, constructed with precision; and moves smoothly and swiftly towards an effective and ingenious denouement."
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- "BFI Screenonline: Third Alibi, The (1961)". www.screenonline.org.uk.