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The Third Day is a 1965 suspense thriller film directed by Jack Smight and starring George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley. It was largely ignored in cinemas and is rarely seen on television. It was based on a novel by Joseph Hayes.

The Third Day
Directed byJack Smight
Produced byJack Smight
Screenplay byBurton Wohl
Robert Presnell, Jr.
Based onThe Third Day (novel)
by Joseph Hayes
StarringGeorge Peppard
Elizabeth Ashley
Roddy McDowall
Arthur O'Connell
Mona Washbourne
Music byPercy Faith
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byStefan Arnsten
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • August 4, 1965 (1965-08-04)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States



Steve Mallory has been involved in a car crash, and it appears he has killed his mistress, Holly Mitchell. Steve suffers from amnesia, he has no recollection whatever of the event. His wife is hostile and cold toward him, his father-in-law has been severely disabled by a stroke and his wife's cousin appears to despise him. Added to this is the sinister presence of Lester Aldrich, who turns out to be the downtrodden husband of the sleazy nymphomaniac Holly.



Exterior scenes were filmed along the Russian River north of the town of Bodega Bay in northern California. Film sites include the Highway 1 bridge crossing the Russian River near the junction with highway 116 and Goat Rock State Beach.[1]

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  1. ^ "Newspaper article". The Victorian Advocate.