Secret Partner, The (1961): Basil Dearden’s British Thriller starring Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet and Bernard Lee

Basil Dearden directed The Secret Partner, a British thriller starring Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet and Bernard Lee, about a shipping exec officer who is blackmailed by an evil dentist.

John Brent (Stewart Granger) is an executive working under Charles Standish (Hugh Burden) at a shipping company. His marriage is in trouble, and his wife Nicole (Haya Harareet), certain there’s another woman, leaves him and takes up with Clive Lang (John Lee), their decorator. What Brent’s employer does not know is that his real name is John Wilson and he was once imprisoned for embezzlement.

Dearden’s direction is fluid, but the story is too routine to incite excitement.

This was the first film of Israeli actress Harareet after her debut in Ben-Hur (1959).

Stewart Granger as John Brent, aka John Wilson
Haya Harareet as Nicole ‘Nikki’ Brent
Bernard Lee as Detective Superintendent Frank Hanbury
Hugh Burden as Charles Standish
Lee Montague as Detective Inspector Tom Henderson
Melissa Stribling as Helen Standish
Conrad Phillips as Dr. Alan Richford
John Lee as Clive Lang
Norman Bird as Ralph Beldon
Peter Illing as Strakarios
Basil Dignam as Lyle
William Fox as Brinton


Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Relph
Written by David Pursall and Jack Seddon
Music by Philip Green
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Raymond Poulton
Production company: MGM[1]
Release date: March 15, 1961
Running time: 91 min.


TCM showed the movie May 7, 2020.