I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

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A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William G. O'Gorman ...
Danny Quilty (as W. O'Gorman)
Harry Webster ...
Uncle Joe
Liam Redmond ...
Uncle Timothy
Kathleen Murphy ...
First Irishwoman
Josephine Fitzgerald ...
Second Irishwoman
Eddie Golden ...
Terence Delaney
Marie Ault ...
Mrs. O'Mara
Raymond Huntley ...
J. Miller
Tony Quinn ...
Galley Guide
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Michael O'Callaghan
John Salew ...
Man in Bookshop
James Harcourt ...
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Edwards


Determined, independent Bridie Quilty comes of age in 1944 Ireland thinking all Englishmen are devils. Her desire to join the IRA meets no encouragement, but a German spy finds her easy to recruit. We next find her working in a pub near a British military prison, using her sex appeal in the service of the enemy. But chance puts a really vital secret into her hands, leading to a chase involving Bridie, a British officer who's fallen for her, a German agent unknown to them both, and the police...paralleled by Bridie's own internal conflicts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Bridie Quilty was born in May 1923. See more »


When David takes Bridie for a walk on their first date, she is wearing a plain dress in the initial wide shot but a striped dress in the closeups. See more »


Lt. David Baynes: Where'd you get this? D'you realize you can go to prison for forging an identity card? What made you do it?
Bridie Quilty: It's nothing to do with you; it's my business.
Lt. David Baynes: It's my name! Small point, perhaps.
Bridie Quilty: Oh, isn't it like an Englishman to niggle about a thing like that?
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Kelly the Boy from Killane
Irish folk song
Sung by the men in the pub
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Strange and delightful film
5 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Isn't she just absolutely gorgeous! This is an amazing example of film noir that also manages to include a good deal of humour - ironically about times and events that were not particularly humorous. Debora Kerrs character is a beautiful and somewhat naive young lady - but decidedly full of spirit! and operating on the philosophy that 'my enemy's enemy must be my friend'. The film is supported with the introduction of a wide range of characters as the film unfolds. Viewed many times, I could always do so again. For location buffs - The English town scenes are filmed at Dunster (Somerset)- The medieval yarn market is clearly visible in the background, and I adore her assertion that, 'it all depends which side I'm being neutral on!' Perfect.

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