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The Third Day (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 13 September 1965 (UK)
A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
George Peppard ... Steve Mallory
Elizabeth Ashley ... Alexandria Mallory
Roddy McDowall ... Oliver Parsons
Arthur O'Connell ... Dr. Wheeler
Mona Washbourne ... Catherine Parsons
Herbert Marshall ... Austin Parsons
Robert Webber ... Dom Guardiano
Charles Drake ... Lawrence Conway
Sally Kellerman ... Holly Mitchell
Arte Johnson ... Lester Aldrich
Bill Walker ... Logan
Vincent Gardenia ... Preston
Janine Gray ... Totti


A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking out memories of his past? Written by sol-

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 September 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tercer día See more »

Filming Locations:

Jenner, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car that Lester drives is an early 1960's Ford Anglia Super 124E Saloon. It is the left-drive export version of the Anglia Super 123E Saloon made in the U.K. See more »


Due to the tight turn Steve's car took before crashing through the guardrail, there should be four tire tracks in the mud, not the two (crudely made) ones that are shown. (In a tight turn, the rear wheels don't follow the track of the front.) See more »


Oliver Parsons: [Steve has given all the board members a printed copy of his company reorganization plan] My committee has studied various plans, including this one. We just didn't feel they would work.
Steve Mallory: If we reorganize the company, it'll work. We can get government contracts. Ceramic ferrite for computers. High voltage insulators. Insulation for electronic devices. Rocket...
Dr. Wheeler: I take it the first step is to increase our investment to expand?
Steve Mallory: That's right: spend money.
Oliver Parsons: Isn't that like adding cargo to a leaky boat?
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Referenced in Password: Elizabeth Ashley vs. Roddy McDowell (1965) See more »


Love Me Now
Words by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Music by Percy Faith
Sung by Arte Johnson
[Lester and his combo perform the song in the lounge in the flashback scene with Steve and Holly in attendance]
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Not 100% logical...but enjoyable.
23 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first portion of "The Third Day" is reminiscent of the film "Regarding Henry", as a nasty piece of work loses his memory...and the man does not like who he'd become. This newer, nicer version of Steve Mallory (George Peppard) doesn't like it one bit as he learns that he was a womanizer who neglected his wife, was more than willing to sell off the family business and put an entire town out of work and was a drunk. Later, he learns that the accident that affected his memory involved him and his mistress....and she's currently in the hospital and not expected to live. Add to that a bizarre husband of the victim (Arte Johnson) and a conniving assistant (Roddy McDowell) and you've got all the elements of a soap opera...which, in many ways, this film seems to be.

The first portion of the film is by far the best. Seeing Steve learning about his former nasty self and trying to finally do the right thing is wonderful to see. In fact, if the film had stayed there, it would have been better. But the thriller and soapy aspects make the film a bit less memorable. Overall, well worth seeing...though flawed.

By the way, Arte Johnson was a very strange choice, as his character was malevolent and dangerous....tough to picture on an actor who was slightly built and 5'4"...which made the big confrontation at the end a bit of a disappointment. Also, I am not sure if he was dubbed or not, but if that WAS Johnson's real singing voice, he sounded an awful lot like Mel Torme. I wonder if the voice really WAS Torme!

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