Mine Own Executioner (1947)

# 14967 IMDb Approved 

Mine Own Executioner (1947

Director: Anthony Kimmins

Stars: Burgess Meredith, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Kieron Moore, Clive Morton

Drama, Thriller (1h 48min)


Rated 7.0 after 292 votes on 09-Oct-18.

1 nomination


Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a Japanese prison camp, Adam proves to be on the verge of severe schizophrenia. In his risky struggle to help Adam, Felix finds his none-too-functional home life deteriorating, and is unable to help himself as he helps others. The situation rushes headlong to a suspenseful climax...


Burgess Meredith Dulcie Gray Michael Shepley Christine Norden Kieron Moore Walter Fitzgerald John Laurie

Burgess Meredith (Felix Milne), Dulcie Gray (Patricia Milne), Michael Shepley (Peter Edge), Christine Norden (Barbara Edge), Kieron Moore (Adam Lucian), Barbara White (Molly Lucian), Walter Fitzgerald (Dr. Norris Pile), Edgar Norfolk (Sir George Freethorne), John Laurie (Dr. James Garsten), Martin Miller (Dr. Hans Tautz), Clive Morton (Robert Paston), Joss Ambler (Julian Briant), Jack Raine (Inspector Pierce), Lawrence Hanray (Dr. Lefage), Helen Haye (Lady Maresfield), John Stuart (Dr. John Hayling), Ronald Simpson (Mr. Grandison), Gwynne Whitby (Miss English), Malcolm Dalmayne (Charlie Oakes), Michael Hordern (Co-Counsel at Felix's Hearing (uncredited)), Jack Howarth (Party Guest (uncredited)), Geoffrey Sumner (Parkinson (uncredited))


Nigel Balchin (novel), Nigel Balchin (screen play)

Produced by

Anthony Kimmins (producer), Jack Kitchin (producer)



I have an impressive collection of 1940s movies on DVD but this one has hitherto eluded me.Full marks then to www.youtube.com for up-loading this missing gem of a film and thereby giving me a viewing pleasure.Yes I know that in the immediate post war years the fall out of physical and mental stress from combat affected returning servicemen and that apart from their physical wounds there was a need to treat their minds through psychiatry.Consequently the film industry produced quite a few movies portraying the recovery treatment to war veterans and civilians.Examples were "Spellbound"1946 "The Seventh Veil"1947 & "Since You Went Away "1944.

Dulcie Gray is in her familiar role of a put upon wife (as she played in "They Were Sisters") but in this film she has more character & strength of mind when clumsily supporting her lay-psychiatrist husband (Burgess Meredith).I first saw the attractive Barbara White in "Quiet Weekend" (1946),the sequel to "Quiet Wedding"(1940) and here she has a grown up part playing Molly Sinclair Lucian.Kieron Moore plays her ill-fated mentally distressed war veteran husband, Adam Lucian, who is the main patient of Burgess Meredith.Nigel Balchin wrote the novel on which this screenplay was based.Another intelligent novel by him produced into a film was "The Small Back Room" produced the same year as "My Own Executioner",(1947).

Definitely worth another viewing as long as it remains uploaded on www.youtube.com.I rated it highly 9/10 as one of Burgess Meredith's best films, especially as I noticed it had a rating of only a bit above 6/10.

Memorable quotes

Barbara Edge: There's nothing worse than a man who makes you take off your self-respect, and keep your clothes on.


Christine Norden replaced Rosalyn Boulter after an intervention by Burgess Meredith's wife Paulette Goddard, who decided that Boulter wasn't sexy enough.

4 total 


1 nomination 
Cannes Film Festival

Other titles

Tödliches Geheimnis (Austria; West Germany) • Seu Próprio Verdugo (Brazil) • Sin egen bøddel (Denmark) • Varjojen vanki (Finland) • Mon propre bourreau (France) • O katatregmenos (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Carnefice di me stesso (Italy) • Carrasco de Mim Próprio (Portugal) • I skuggornas makt (Sweden)



Finland:K-16 / United Kingdom:A / United Kingdom:12 / United Kingdom:12 / United States:Approved


London Film Productions (as London Films)


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