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I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

 -  Drama | Thriller | War  -  4 July 1946 (UK)
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A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

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Lt. David Baynes
Raymond Huntley ...
J. Miller
Michael Howard ...
Hawkins
Norman Shelley ...
Man in Straw Hat
Liam Redmond ...
Uncle Timothy
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Michael O'Callaghan
James Harcourt ...
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George Woodbridge ...
Walter
Garry Marsh ...
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Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Edwards
Tom Macaulay ...
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David Ward ...
Oscar Pryce
Harry Hutchinson ...
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Harry Webster ...
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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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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 »

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Bridie Quilty: I'm 21; I'm me own mistress.
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Very good, though slightly marred by a silly ending
25 November 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting story about a young Irish woman who hates the British, so she's interested in becoming a spy for "the other guys" during WWII. She seems to know nothing about the Germans or what they stand for--she just knows that, as an Irishwoman, she hates the Brits and wants to help anyone they are fighting. Because her logic seems so simplistic, she seems very naive. However, despite this, she does get involved, somewhat by chance, in a German spy ring.

How this all works out and her eventual revelation about what and why she was doing this make this a very interesting film. Also, an improbable but interesting romance that occurs with a British officer is pretty interesting. Overall, it's a very good drama and very original, but I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes of the film. While it had been a straight drama, the fight scene between the Brit and the spies really seemed slapstick inspired and just didn't fit the overall style of the film. Still, it's a relatively minor quibble and this still is a nice film--with a particularly good performance by a young Deborah Kerr.


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