Three Secrets

Synopsis: A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his birthday, three women begin to ponder if it's the son each gave up for adoption. As the three await news of his rescue at a mountain cabin, they recall incidents from five years earlier and why they were forced to give up their son.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Wise
Production: Warner Bros.
98 min

It looks just like milk.

Mommy, when are we getting home?

Santa Rosa Tower to NC1202.

Can you read me? Over.

Santa Rosa Tower to NC1202.

Can you read me?

Give me a call, please. Over.

Give me traffic control center at Oakland.

Santa Rosa Tower to NC1202.

Can you read me? Come in, please.

Control Center? This is Santa Rosa Tower.

We've lost contact with a private plane,


Last contact on 931,

25 miles Northeast of Bishop.

Right waist to pilot.

Think I've spotted the wreckage, sir.

At 3 o'clock.

That's it all right.

Pilot to crew.

Ready camera.

We'll make two runs over the area.

On course, sir.

Okay, Mahoney, start your camera.

Yes, sir.

Good sharp picture, Sargeant.

It's that new camera, sir.

This was the first run, 10:53.

Well, they must have been killed instantly,

if that's any consolation.

Photographic Center, Hugh speaking.

One moment.

Your call to the sheriff's office, Captain.

Yes, this is Captain Draper at Hamilton Field.

We've located the wreckage of the plane.

It's up on Thunder Mountain.

A ledge on the Southwest side.

Altitude about 12000 feet.

Three bodies, man, woman and child.

No, not yet.

We'll get their identities from the CAA

and we'll let you know.

In the meantime do what you can

to recover the bodies

It'll be tough getting up those cliffs.

And how. Good-bye, Sheriff.

Captain, look at this.

It's a picture we made on the second run.

Look at the kid's position.

He moved. He's alive, sir.

Why that tough little sun of a gun.

Get me the sheriff's office, quick.

What was the difference in time

between those pictures?

Seven minutes, sir.

The second run was 11:00 on the nose.

Ask the operations officer to come here.

Sheriff, Captain Draper. About that crash.

Get a party start up Thunder Mountain

right away.

The kid's alive.


Forget it.

I want a picture of Thunder Mountain.

A winter shot.

Something grim and dramatic

if you've got it.

Plane crash.

Kid trapped in the mountain alone.

Parents dead. Name of Peterson.

West Los Angeles. Check the home.

And you'll get more if you get that first.

I saw, I've heard.

Five years old today.

That's why they were flying back.

So as Johnnie could have his birthday party

at home.

I baked that cake for him this morning.

Chocolate, his favorite kind.

Look around the living room.

Oh, Lord... Lord, he'll be so cold up there.

Oh, Lord.

Sure it's tough. But a kid can take a lot.

They'll get to him in time,

don't you worry.

He's such a happy boy.

Always laughing.

Even when he was a baby.

You been with the family a long time?

I brought that baby up.

I went with them when they got him.

Got him?

Carried him home in my arms.

That sweet little face.

You mean he was adopted?

That didn't make any difference.

Mr. and Mrs. Petersen loved him

like he was their own flesh and blood.

Where did they adopt him?

Here in Los Angeles.

I mean which foundling home. It's important.

It'll help Johnnie.

Oh, why...

The Shelter.

Have the Petersons got any relatives?


No, Johnnie was all they had.

Who was Johnnie's mother, do you know?



Wow, that's great.

Look, in a few minutes this place

will be crawling with reporters.

Tell them what they want to know,

but it'll be better for Johnnie

if they don't know he was adopted.

I'll keep my mouth shut, but those other guys

will spread it all over the front page.

All right, sir.

A couple of those, Tony.


I'll see you at the office.

I've already told you, Mr. Harden.

We're not at liberty to give you

the name of the mother.

But you of all people must realize,

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Martin Rackin

Martin Rackin (31 July 1918 – 15 April 1976) was an American writer and producer who was briefly head of production at Paramount Pictures from 1960-64. In the late 1950s he wrote and produced a series of films with actor Alan Ladd.Rackin was born in New York City. He worked as an errand boy for a Times Square hat shop. He became a reporter for the New York Daily Mirror and was a feature writer for two news services. He also worked as a speech writer and in publicity.Rackin wrote a book, Buy Me That Town. Film rights to this were bought by Sol Siegel and Rackin moved to Hollywood. He served in the air force during World War II. In the 1950s, he was head of film production for NBC.Richard Fleischer described Rakin as "a real character. He was a fast-talking, breezy, nervous, con man type who blinked his eyes a lot. You always had the feeling that he was some sort of a street corner shell game operator keeping an eye open for the cops." more…

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