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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
Marie Ault ...
Mrs. O'Mara
Raymond Huntley ...
J. Miller
Tony Quinn ...
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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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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 »

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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
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Sung by the men in the pub
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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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