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Philip MacDonald (screenplay)
Frank Vosper (play)
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Release Date:
15 November 1947 (USA) See more »
He lied...cheated...KILLED!... all in the name of LOVE!
A newly married woman begins to suspect that her husband is a killer. Even worse, she soon comes to believe that she will be his next victim. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Hodiak ... Manuel Cortez

Sylvia Sidney ... Cecily Harrington

Ann Richards ... Mavis Wilson

John Howard ... Nigel Lawrence
Isobel Elsom ... Auntie Loo-Loo

Ernest Cossart ... Billings

Philip Tonge ... Dr. Gribble

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Ethel
Frederick Worlock ... Inspector Hobday (as Frederic Worlock)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phyllis Barry ... Waitress (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Bob Corey ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Man (uncredited)
Eugene Eberle ... Bellboy (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Clerk (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Policeman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Man (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Gerald Rogers ... Postman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Whorf 
Writing credits
Philip MacDonald (screenplay)

Frank Vosper (play)

Agatha Christie (story "Philomel Cottage")

Produced by
James J. Geller .... producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Art Direction by
Perry Smith 
Set Decoration by
Armor Marlowe 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Eunice King .... hair stylist
Helene King .... hair stylist
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bryan Foy .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... assistant director
Art Department
Johnny Peacock .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leon Becker .... special sound supervisor
J.N.A. Hawkins .... sound director
Percy Townsend .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jack Rabin .... special art effects (as Jack R. Rabin)
George J. Teague .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alfred DeGaetano .... editorial supervisor (as Alfred De Gaetano)
Music Department
Emil Cadkin .... orchestrator
Irving Friedman .... musical director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hideout for Horror" - USA (reissue title)
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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #12438, General Audience)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Looks good but never quite takes off, 31 May 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I saw this as a fan of Agatha Christie and I'd see any film adaptation of her work. Not all the adaptations of her work have been successful, there are some truly great ones out there but there are some that just don't work. A Stranger Walked In doesn't fit in either of these categories, it's not a bad film but it's not a good one either. It does look good, it is lavishly photographed and the period detail is evocatively and beautifully rendered. The music has the romantic melodrama feel but also a psychologically haunting quality, not an amazing score by all means but one that fits within the film. Sylvia Sidney gives a poignant performance while bringing some edge to her role, and Ann Richards plays it straight very effectively. John Hodiak however overacts quite badly particularly in the latter part of the film, more subtlety was needed, and his chemistry with Sidney never convinces. The script is trite and does get very overwrought, again it could've done with more subtlety, a little less talk and more of Christie's writing style which would have given that. The story and pacing were also major issues. The story feels very undercooked dramatically as well as dull, and the psychological aspects that would have added to any suspense was on mute, as was the suspense. The pacing is also very pedestrian, making some of the less eventful scenes a bit hard to sit through. And the ending is more ridiculous than it is satisfying, I wasn't surprised by the outcome, it was underdeveloped and it also felt unnecessarily melodramatic. All in all, not terrible not a disappointment. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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