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"The Third Visitor" - British Detective Murder Mystery
released on January 1, 1951

The Actors: Sonia Dresdel (Steffy Millington), Guy Middleton (Detective Inspector Mallory), Hubert Gregg (Jack Kurton), Colin Gordon (Bill Millington), Karel Stepanek (Richard Carling), Eleanor Summerfield (Vera Kurton), John Slater (James Oliver), Cyril Smith (Detective Sergeant Horton), Michael Martin Harvey (Hewson)

Too Many Clues . . .

The Third VisitorI've watched a great number of murder mysteries, and I pride myself on the ability to spot the telling clue that is provided in such a casual manner that most viewers will certainly miss it. I assume that many of you are also pretty sharp folk and can also spot the vital clue that everyone else doesn't see until the very end. Richard Carling is a businessman preparing for dinner in his mansion with a lady. Before the mysterious lady arrives he is visited by his partner, who he is obviously cheating, and we discover that this man is most likely a scoundrel, and when he is murdered we will probably not shed any tears. After his partner leaves, and before the mysterious lady arrives, a gangster from Chicago who has flown to London that day pops in for a surprise visit, wanting revenge for something that the scoundrel did when he was in America some years earlier. It appears that this gangster will kill the scoundrel . . . ahhh . . . but when the Inspector arrives we casually learn that the dead man's face has been bashed in to the extent that he is not recognizable . . . BINGO . . . I thought to myself that I had spotted the elusive clue . . . The vital and most important clue to what would lead to a surprise ending . . . and then something else happened, and I was certain that I had once again spotted the vital piece of information that led in a different direction . . . How clever of the authors to toss out an early 'false' clue . . . a red-herring, so to speak. Then, I was aghast as the web of lies and deceit being woven by virtually every person in the story provided so many false clues . . . or were they false clues? I am so confused . . . I cannot remember ever, ever, ever being so confused and baffled by the clues . . . I can see by the little progress bar on the video screen that the story is only minutes from the end, and while I have correctly determined a couple of salient facts, I am no closer to the revelation of truth that will make it all come together . . . It is so frustrating . . . So deliciously, exasperatingly, confounding and puzzling . . . At the same time I am exhilarated by the cunning of the authors and my inability to see through the veil of clues. I am so grateful that I popped a really big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled liberally over it before I enjoyed this astounding mystery.

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William Powell and Carole LombardProbably my all time favorite movie, My Man Godfrey in 1936 not only gives us an comedic peek at the wealthiest and poorest during the Great Depression, but also was the vehicle for Carole Lombard to create the movie icon of the 'dumb blonde screwball comedy' that is a popular theme even today.

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary CooperMeet John Doe - 1941: The Frank Capra classic set in the Great Depression era that pits the common man against the political masters. You can't be a fan of old movies until you watch Frank Capra's old movies. This one premiered seventy years ago, and it still stirs our emotions and thoughts now. It is as timely as if it were produced today.

John Wayne and Gail Russell in Angel and the Bad ManAngel and the Bad Man - 1947: One of the great teachers of the Secret Law of Attraction is Dr. Joe Vitale . . . but before he was even born actor John Wayne paid for and produced this Cowboy Western that featured The Law of Attraction.

James Cagney in The Time of Your LifeThe Time of Your Life - 1948: James Cagney financed this strangely different feel-good movie, and he plays the part of Joe, a barfly that tries to live his life by making everyone around him better. I watch this one often, and try to become more like Joe every day.

Joe E. Brown in Painted FacesPainted Faces - 1929: Comedy legend Joe E. Brown is a circus clown in a surprisingly serious role as a juror in a Christmas week murder trial who tells the other jurors a story that will change their verdicts in a pre-code drama that could not have been made a few years later.

Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in CharadeCharade - 1963: It doesn't get much better than Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in a tale of death, deception, spies and lost wealth as a woman tries to sort out the good guys from the bad guys in this cold-war spy thriller love story.

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