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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 16, 2012
- Originally Released: 1950
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Patricia Neal, Eleanor Parker & Ruth Roman|
|Performer:||Frank Lovejoy, Leif Erickson, Arthur Franz, Katharine Warren & Edmond Ryan|
|Directed by||Robert Wise|
|Edited by||Thomas Reilly|
|Screenwriting by||Martin Rackin & Gina Kaus|
|Composition by||David Buttolph|
|Produced by||Milton Sperling|
|Director of Photography:||Sidney Hickox|
In THREE SECRETS, a fascinating melodrama told in flashbacks, three women must face a secret when a chance tragic accident brings them closer to it. When an airplane crashes on a California mountain, the only survivor is five-year old Johnny (Duncan Richardson). Hardin (Edmond Ryan), a reporter, learns that the now-orphaned boy was adopted as a baby from a shelter. Three boys listed with the same birthday as Johnny's were placed by the shelter, but the matron refuses to reveal the names of their mothers. Soon three women with secret pasts rush to the rescue site where Johnny is still stranded. Susan Chase (Eleanor Parker) is now married to Bill (Leif Erickson), a lawyer, but has never told him about the child she gave birth to five years earlier. She becomes convinced that Johnny is hers, after reflecting on the complex events that led to the birth of her son--but she is not the only woman who believes the boy is hers. Phyllis Horn (Patricia Neal), a reporter, is also watching the rescue effort, and she recognizes Susan from the shelter where they both gave birth. They recognize yet another woman at the rescue site, Ann Lawrence (Ruth Roman), who was also at the shelter that day long ago. Using flashback as a gripping device to tell each woman's story and link it to the tale of the present rescue effort, director Robert Wise gets excellent performances from his actors in the process.
- Exterior scenes were shot on location near Mt. Waterman in the Angeles National Forest outside Los Angeles and Lone Pine.
- The rescue situation in the film was inspired by the real-life Kathy Fiscus incident, in which a little girl was trapped in a well. The entire nation listened breathlessly to the radio for updates on the event. Unfortunately, the girl did not survive.
- Once again Robert Wise employed his skills of getting realism into the film, which he himself called a "soap opera. The mountaineers were actual climbers from the Sierra Club," he said, "and the interviewer was a real one, Bill Welsh....What you see on the screen is an actual interview with a TV commentator and real mountain climbers worked into the situation."
- Bill Welch, the real reporter in the rescue scene, was an actual reporter for the Kathy Fiscus incident.
- In Woody Allen's RADIO DAYS, about the nostalgic 1940s, the director includes the Kathy Fiscus case in a scene.