The Secret Partner

The Secret Partner
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Relph
Written by David Pursall
Jack Seddon
Starring Stewart Granger
Haya Harareet
Bernard Lee
Music by Philip Green
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Raymond Poulton
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[1]
Release dates
15 March 1961 (Seattle, Washington) (U.S.)
Running time
91 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 636,428 admissions (France)[2]

The Secret Partner is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Basil Dearden and starring Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet and Bernard Lee.[3] [4]


A wealthy London-based shipping executive officer is blackmailed by an evil dentist which threatens to reveal an old case of fraud, while the dentist himself is threaten by a mysterious masked man.



Filming started 1 September 1960.[5]

The film was Haya Harareet's first film since Ben Hur.[6]

Critical reception

In Allmovie, Eleanor Mannikka called the film a "routine mystery story" ; [7] while in the Radio Times, Allen Eyles noted "an implausible but ingenious British thriller...flashily directed by Basil Dearden...It remains watchable thanks to some skilful characterisation and the strong performances of Stewart Granger as the executive, Norman Bird as the dentist, and Bernard Lee as the dogged, chain-smoking policeman looking forward to retirement." [8]


  1. Hollywood scripters mine other media. (17 January 1961). The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  3. denscul (6 October 1961). "The Secret Partner (1961)". IMDb.
  4. "The Secret Partner". BFI.
  5. Of local origin. (26 July 1960). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. Haya harareet busy in european films. (5 May 1961). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. "The Secret Partner (1961) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  8. Allen Eyles. "The Secret Partner". RadioTimes.

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