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When Strangers Marry (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 21 August 1944 (USA)
A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

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Paul Baxter
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Mildred Baxter
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Fred Graham
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Lieutenant Blake
Lou Lubin ...
Jacob Houser
Milton Kibbee ...
Charlie (as Milt Kibbee)
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Newsstand Owner
Claire Whitney ...
Middle-Aged Woman
Edward Keane ...
Middle - aged Man
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Chambermaid
Dick Elliott ...
Sam Prescott
Lee 'Lasses' White ...
Old Man (as Lee White)
Marta Mitrovich ...
Baby's Mother
Billy Nelson ...
Louisville Driver
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A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

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Like a blast from the sky...a DRAMATIC THUNDERBOLT that builds to a crashing climax! See more »


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21 August 1944 (USA)  »

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Betrayed  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The cut between a screaming woman discovering a body and a whistling locomotive is a direct steal from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935). See more »

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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

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Boogie Woogie
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Music by Lorenzo Flennoy
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Much more than I bargained for
16 August 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't have believed that this film could run barely over an hour in length; in the course of its 67 minutes, it crams in more plot twists, emotional punch and sheer tension than recent blockbusters can manage in 200 or more, with never a wasted moment... but no lack, either, of aching silences and endless hours at night. As the innocent, idealistic young wife adrift in a city and world utterly alien to her, Kim Hunter carries the whole film with a performance of breathtaking conviction. She is scarcely off-screen from start to finish, as the character grows and matures both in confidence and desperation, and our assumptions about the outcome shift off-balance from one moment to the next. 'When Strangers Marry' is without a doubt her film. It's also an emotional roller-coaster, a gripping piece of noir -- and, unbelievably, a no-budget miracle shot in just seven days.

Robert Mitchum, in an early role, is a little wooden but crucially effective in the part of the former suitor who provides a steady shoulder for his one-time fiancée to lean on, and Dean Jagger is suitably elusive as the longed-for husband who is all but a stranger, but it is Hunter who really stands out here. I wasn't expecting much from this film but was absolutely swept away by it: an example above all of how to do a Hitchcock on Poverty Row.


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