7.0/10
1,376
30 user 13 critic

Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 1948 (UK)
David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story "Rachel")
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Lusty Men (1952)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish
Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Juarez (1939)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne
Downstairs (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An amoral chauffeur seeks to seduce a young bride.

Director: Monta Bell
Stars: John Gilbert, Virginia Bruce, Paul Lukas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dramatic story of the influential Hunnicutt family set in Texas during the late 1950s.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A financially-strapped charter pilot hires himself to an oil tycoon to kidnap his madcap daughter and prevent her from marrying a vapid band leader.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin
The Way West (1967)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1843 a former U.S. senator leads a wagon train of settlers to Oregon, but his megalomania leads to growing dissatisfaction with his leadership.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Genies help a bandit recover a golden which will show that he is the heir to the sultan's kingdom.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Tab Hunter, Rossana Podestà, Umberto Melnati
Montana Moon (1930)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill
The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Big Davey
...
Jim
...
Davey
Tom Tully ...
Parson Jackson
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Jackson
...
Mr. Green
Walter Baldwin ...
Gallus
Regina Wallace ...
Mrs. Green
Edit

Storyline

David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with proper schooling, Bible study and proper manners. Rachel, an indentured servant, is sold to David. David then marries her in order that little Davey would have a mother to properly raise him. David shows no real affection towards Rachel since this is a marriage of convenience. This all changes when Jim, a friend of the family comes for a visit. During his stay, David sees that there is more to Rachel than just being a "bonds woman", especially when Jim takes a liking to her. This awaken new feelings in David for Rachel. Written by Kelly

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

3 Exciting Stars! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Tall Dark Stranger  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After Mitchum was arrested for possessing marijuana, RKO rushed to release the film to take advantage of the news of Mitchum's arrest. See more »

Quotes

Jim: You ain't ordering me off, Davey. I'm leaving of my own accord but not without Rachel. I offered to buy you out fair and square.
See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh He Oh Hi Oh Ho
Music by Roy Webb
Lyrics by Waldo Salt
Performed by Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
more here than meets the eye
25 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I too became a fan of this movie (thank you American Movie Classics). What at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill frontier cabin story turned into an absorbing, well-written, well-acted human interest story with four engaging characters, a beautiful locale (the movie would have benefited from color), and a fine score to boot. The concept of a bonded (indentured) servant added an interesting historical facet. The cast, of course, is top notch. Mitchum and Holden work particularly well together. The film should be a lot better known than it is, and is well worth a see.


18 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
(1) Bond servants, really? / (2) What period of history? de-schreiber-de
Now available on DVD christieg2
Loretta Young's makeup cnb
missed the last ten minutes syedab
uncut version? cannescrwrtr
Discuss Rachel and the Stranger (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?