Mine Own Executioner

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Mine Own Executioner
Mine Own Executioner FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byAnthony Kimmins
Jack Kitchin
Alexander Korda (exec producer)
Written byNigel Balchin
Based onnovel by Nigel Balchin
StarringBurgess Meredith
Kieron Moore
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • 22 November 1947 (1947-11-22)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
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.


Felix Milne (Meredith) is an overworked psychologist with psychological problems of his own. Molly Lucian has a husband traumatised 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.



The American actor Burgess Meredith was cast in 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]


The film was picketed in the US by the Sons of Liberty, an anti-British group active at 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.


  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 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ "British Film News 17-YEARS-OLD OPHELIA FOR SCREEN "HAMLET"". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 15 May 1947. p. 10. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ "English Studios Didn't Surprise Mr. Meredith". The Sunday Times. Perth: 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: National Library of Australia. 21 August 1948. p. 4. Retrieved 7 July 2012.

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