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A Night of Terror (1937)

Love from a Stranger (original title)
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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18 April 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

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The music that plays while Basil Rathbone develops his wife's photo in the cellar is from Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite" - In the Hall of the Mountain King. 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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It's Rathbone's show
10 April 2001 | by (brooklyn ny) – See all my reviews

All right, it creaks a bit, now, and suffers from the staginess which afflicted many if not most British films of this period, but the Agatha Christie plot (with a strong family resemblance to that other hyper-theatrical melodrama, "Gaslight") is gripping, and the necessary claustrophobic atmosphere is established and maintained -- with help from the excellent score from a very youthful Benjamin Britten (I have, by the way, never come across a reference to this early effort in any Britten biography; it is unmentioned in the long article in Grove's Dictionary). Most of all, it's worth seeing for the terrifying performance by Basil Rathbone, which again reminds us what an accomplished and versatile actor was all-but obliterated in his later absorption into Sherlock Holmes. No goalie-mask, no retractile steel claws, no camera-tricks, he scares the pants off you using only an actor's equipment, and you'll never forget his portrayal of a psychotic, obsessive Bluebeard.


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