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I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, War | 5 August 1946 (UK)
A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

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

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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 »

Quotes

J. Miller: You should visit England one day. You may change your mind.
Bridie Quilty: There's no need. I've an aunt there who has told me all about it. She says the upper classes are cringing and always moaning about their troubles, and the lower classes are arrogant and think they own the Earth.
J. Miller: I thought it was the other way round.
Bridie Quilty: My aunt runs a servants' registry office.
J. Miller: Ah!
Bridie Quilty: There's no "ah" about it. She hates the whole lot of them, and so do I. My father fought for Ireland against the English in 1916, and if I ever...
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Referenced in Enigma (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Kelly the Boy from Killane
Irish folk song
Sung by the men in the pub
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Superior drama
7 September 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr is an Irish country lass brought up on her father's romanticised view of his heroic struggle against the English.

She leaves home for Dublin, where she wants to join the IRA, but is recruited by the Germans.

She gets entangled with Trevor Howard, a British officer, and conflicting loyalties ensue for both.

It's a classy piece, finely acted, atmospherically shot. There's suspense, humour, romance, and a strong plot. Kerr lives up to the three-dimensional role, and the rest of the cast give sterling support.

Well worthwhile.


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