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The Family Secret (1951)

A lawyer faces a difficult decision when his son accidentally kills his best friend with no witnesses present, and a rift develops in his mother and father offer contradictory solutions to their sons dilemma.

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Henry Levin

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Marie Baumer (story), James P. Cavanagh (as James Cavanagh) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
John Derek ... David Clark
Lee J. Cobb ... Howard Clark
Jody Lawrance ... Lee Pearson
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Ellen Clark
Santos Ortega Santos Ortega ... District Attorney George Redman
Henry O'Neill ... Donald Muir
Carl Benton Reid ... Dr. Steve Reynolds
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Sybil Bradley
Jean Alexander ... Vera Stone
Dorothy Tree ... Marie Elsner
Whit Bissell ... Joe Elsner
Raymond Greenleaf ... Henry Archer Sims
Onslow Stevens ... Judge Geoffrey N. Williams
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A lawyer faces a difficult decision when his son accidentally kills his best friend with no witnesses present, and a rift develops in his mother and father offer contradictory solutions to their sons dilemma.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aionio mystiko See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Don't waste your time!
17 July 2008 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

This movie was horrible. I couldn't even get through it. It's about a young man that supposedly kills his best friend in self defense. He claims the friend was drunk and starting attacking him so he had to defend himself and accidentally kills him. John Derek plays the man who commits the murder. And his dad, played by Lee J. Cobb, just happens to be an attorney.

This is cookie-cutter soap opera drama. The acting is horrible, except for the gal that plays John Derek's secretary, played by Jody Lawrence. At one point, she is relaying phone messages "from your harem", to Derek's character. But she does it by taking on the accents and mannerisms of each of the callers. It's hilarious! But there's nothing else here worth watching.


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