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The Third Day (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 13 September 1965 (UK)
A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking ... See full summary »


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Joseph Hayes (based on the novel by), Burton Wohl (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
George Peppard ... Steve Mallory
Elizabeth Ashley ... Alexandria Mallory
Roddy McDowall ... Oliver Parsons
Arthur O'Connell ... Dr. Wheeler
Mona Washbourne ... Catherine Parsons
Herbert Marshall ... Austin Parsons
Robert Webber ... Dom Guardiano
Charles Drake ... Lawrence Conway
Sally Kellerman ... Holly Mitchell
Arte Johnson ... Lester Aldrich
Bill Walker ... Logan
Vincent Gardenia ... Preston
Janine Gray ... Totti


A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking out memories of his past? Written by sol-

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 September 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tercer día See more »

Filming Locations:

Jenner, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car that Lester drives is an early 1960's Ford Anglia Super 124E Saloon. It is the left-drive export version of the Anglia Super 123E Saloon made in the U.K. See more »


After the car going into the river it takes days for the police to identify the owner, even though the car is clearly visible in the river. Even after they identify the car there is no proof as to who was driving it and it would not be the district attorney who shoes up to question and bring in a suspect. See more »


Catherine Parsons: Rich boys learn to play... poor boys learn to fight.
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Referenced in Password: Elizabeth Ashley vs. Roddy McDowell (1965) See more »


Love Me Now
Words by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Music by Percy Faith
Sung by Arte Johnson
[Lester and his combo perform the song in the lounge in the flashback scene with Steve and Holly in attendance]
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Good, under-rated, under-seen suspenser.
5 October 2000 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

All but ignored when it came out in theaters, "The Third Day" is actually a good suspense film very much in the Hitchcock mode. It tells the story of a man accused of killing his mistress in a car accident, in which he was also injured. The problem is, the accident's left him an amnesiac, and, by the time the story is pieced together and the killer's identity revealed, both the protagonists and the audience have been through the emotional ringer.

The performances are all quite good, from then-husband and wife George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley as the protagonist and his understanding wife, to Roddy MacDowall as Peppard's less-than-honest younger brother, who may know more about the case than he's letting on, to a young Sally Kellerman as the mistress (in flashback), to Dame Mona Washbourne and, in his last role, Herbert Marshall as Peppard and MacDowall's parents. The only casting that doesn't really ring true is a pre-"Laugh-In" Arte Johnson as a sleazy blackmailer. Perhaps it's because he's so thought of as a comic actor, but he just doesn't convince as a heavy.

It's been almost twenty years since I saw this film, but it's obviously made an indelible impression. It's an absolute "must" if you like good suspense.

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