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STEWART GRANGER WITH BERNARD LEE IN 'THE SECRET PARTNER'

Granger, Lee & Harareet Year: 1963 Rating: ****

Hybrid of THE THIRD MAN where steely London never looked so menacing with science-fiction/horror with the title menace's mask and spooky voice-box, and who exactly THE SECRET PARTNER is can't be entirely figured in this always-guessing mystery thriller since two people are being blackmailed including an initially blackmailing dentist and Stewart Granger, so enigmatic he can't be altogether trusted despite portraying the victimized lead...

There's a doomed underworld vibe despite almost equal screen time spent in a bright police station with token inspector Bernard Lee, figuring things along with both the audience and Granger himself... as this is is a con artist story despite seeming like a revenge against a man who's supposedly a former one. The cast also includes lovely yet tough Haya Harareet as Granger's supposedly betrayed wife who seems anything but a victim, and the shifty Peter Lorre-like dentist played by a quirky Norman Bird. As in most British b-movies, the side-characters and location... from industrial London factories, bleak city streets and an immense shipyard... stands out above the mainline, which in itself is always shifting, twisty and unpredictable. 

Bernard Lee and Hara Harareet in THE SECRET PARTNER
Stewart Granger in THE SECRET PARTNER
Circus of Horror starlet Colette Wilde in THE SECRET PARTNER
Stewart Granger in THE SECRET PARTNER
Bernard Lee in THE SECRET PARTNER
Hara Harareet in THE SECRET PARTNER
Hara Harareet in THE SECRET PARTNER


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