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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 ...
Grandfather
George Woodbridge ...
Walter
Garry Marsh ...
Capt. Goodhusband
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Edwards
Tom Macaulay ...
Lt. Spanswick
David Ward ...
Oscar Pryce
Harry Hutchinson ...
Chief Mourner
Harry Webster ...
Uncle Joe
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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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Film debut of Albert Sharpe. See more »

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In Devon in June 1944, sunset would be after 10 pm (Double Summer Time), and indeed when the clock strikes 9 and Bridie suddenly ends her date with David we see them moving against a daytime sky. Yet in the prisoner scene occurring simultaneously, it's fully dark. See more »

Quotes

Man in Bookshop: You've got your papers for England, I take it?
J. Miller: Yes, I've an Argentine passport. I'm going to Britain to buy bulls, apparently. I could have thought of happier excuses; I don't like bulls.
Man in Bookshop: Bulls will be the easiest part of your business. Did you ever meet Oscar Pryce?
J. Miller: Yes, in Leipzig last autumn.
Man in Bookshop: Did you know that he was in England?
J. Miller: No.
Man in Bookshop: At the moment he's awaiting trial in an military prison, at a place called Wynbridge Vale, in the West Country.
J. Miller: Bad luck. Well?
Man in Bookshop: Pryce has vital information. We ...
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References We Dive at Dawn (1943) See more »

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Kelly the Boy from Killane
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Post-war war film that casts a spell
4 December 2004 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr (as in star) as the trailer says is usually thought of in almost matronly fashion since she's brought strength and dignity to so many roles as a veteran performer. Here you see her in younger days. She's a wild and bewitching Irish rose, marvelous as the brassy Bridey Kiltie, hater of all things English. Buoyed by Kerr, Trevor Howard and a wonderful British-Irish cast,this film makes you feel like you're right back there in UK during the war. Only you're not flying off to punish the Germans. It's a homefront thing. The movie is more drama than mystery but it's enthralling all the same with humor and style to burn. Among the great characters are a pair of British officers, Captain Goodhusband (Garry Marsh) and Lt. Spanswick(Tom Macaulay)who come along to steal the film in their portrayal as oh-so-very-English middle-aged officers.


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