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A Night of Terror (1937)

Love from a Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 18 April 1937 (USA)
A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.

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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

Quotes

Gerald Lovell: But then most women are fools.
Carol Howard: You think so?
Gerald Lovell: I don't think, I know. Born fools! And women's weakness is man's opportunity.
[Looks quizzically at her]
Gerald Lovell: Did someone write that? Or did I think of it myself? If I did, it's good. It's very good.
[laughs]
Gerald Lovell: 'Women's weakness is men's opportunity'.
Carol Howard: [Placatingly] You do have exceptional insight into things.
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Soundtracks

In the Hall of the Mountain King
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from "Peer Gynt Suite"
Music by Edvard Grieg
Whistled by Basil Rathbone
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Rathbone at his Emotive Best
2 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Basil Rathbone. He made a wonderful Holmes. Too bad the scripts didn't match the performance. But that's another issue. Here he plays a type of Bluebeard who marries women who come into money and then bumps them off. He is a mass of psychoses, depression, and a bad ticker. He goes from being suave and successful, to maudlin and manic. A modern psychologist would have a field day. The tension that builds as he goes through his rant is a little like Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." There's a moment where the bride becomes cognizant of the fact that she is married to a lunatic. And, of course, she had been warned and has married him anyway. Anyway, the last scene where they spar intellectually is delightful and shows both actors at their best. There's a wonderful moment of realization on the young woman's face where she realizes that her life depends on what she says. It is one of the most claustrophobic bits I've ever seen and is very effective in showing that there is just a little tilt to the scales on both sides.


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