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A Night of Terror (1937)
"Love from a Stranger" (original title)

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A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Carol Howard
Gerald Lovell
Binnie Hale ...
Kate Meadows
Bruce Seton ...
Ronald Bruce
Jean Cadell ...
Aunt Lou
Bryan Powley ...
Doctor Gribble
Joan Hickson ...
Donald Calthrop ...
Eugene Leahy ...
Mr. Tuttle


Carol wins the lottery, but unfortunately her sudden wealth leads to a disagreement with her fiancé Ronald, and the two break up. Carol quickly falls in love with the romantic and mysterious Gerald, and marries him despite the warnings of her friends. It is not long before Carol begins to see that Gerald is disturbed and perhaps even dangerous, and she soon realizes that she is in great peril. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

18 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night of Terror  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Remade as Love from a Stranger (1947) See more »


Music by Philip Green
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How Far is Over the Top?
21 June 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is based on an Agatha Christie story and contains some of the most histrionic acting I've ever witnessed. I never knew that anyone could go so far over the top and not shoot out of the frame and into space.

The basic plot concerns a young woman who wins a lottery and soon after meets and falls in love with a "stranger", played by Basil Rathbone. Rathbone's intentions are far from happy and it all winds down to a conclusion that allows... well lets just say you will wonder about everyone's sanity.

I'm not sure I liked this. Its good, but it takes a while to get going. Once its moving its fine but even then I was never really content. I want to say that its oddly British, but its not so much that its British as mannered. I like that you have the pure unrestrained emotion in the final act, but at the same time compared to the earlier low key nature of it I was wondering how many coffees the cast had.

Frankly I'm reserving my final judgment until I see it again.

Even with all of that said and done I suggest you do see this movie- and stay to the end. Unless you've seen this before, I'm certain you've never witnessed what Basil Rathbone was truly capable of. I won't try to explain that statement, I'll let you search this out and see for yourself.

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