Mine Own Executioner

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Mine Own Executioner
Mine Own Executioner FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Produced by Anthony Kimmins
Jack Kitchin
Alexander Korda (exec producer)
Written by Nigel Balchin
Based on novel by Nigel Balchin
Starring Burgess Meredith
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Editing by Richard Best
Studio London Films
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release dates
  • 22 November 1947 (1947-11-22)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £158,734 (UK)[1]

Mine Own Executioner is a 1947 British psychological thriller drama film starring Burgess Meredith and directed by Anthony Kimmins, and based on the novel of the same name by Nigel Balchin. It was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

The title is derived from a quotation of John Donne's " Devotions", which serves as the motto for the original book.

Plot[edit]

Felix Milne (Meredith) is an overworked psychologist with psychological problems of his own. Molly Lucian has a husband traumatized from having been in a Japanese POW camp, and she needs Milne's help in treating her husband, Adam. Adam is about to become severely schizophrenic. To make matters worse, Felix finds his own home life deteriorating.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Burgess Meredith was imported from Hollywood to play the lead. At the same time, his wife Paulette Goddard was also hired by Alexander Korda to appear in An Ideal Husband (1947).[3]

Australian Frederic Hilton worked as technical adviser.[4]

Reception[edit]

The film was picketed in the US by the Sons of Liberty, an anti-British group active in the time.[5] The picketing was part of the group's call to boycott British films and products, and had little to do with "Mine Own Executioner" in itself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Mine Own Executioner". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ "British Film News 17-YEARS-OLD OPHELIA FOR SCREEN "HAMLET".". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 15 May 1947. p. 10. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "English Studios Didn't Surprise Mr. Meredith.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 15 June 1947. p. 13 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE SUNDAY TIMES. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "UK bitter at US picketing of films.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 21 August 1948. p. 4. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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