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The Stranger Left No Card (1952)

A strangely-garbed and eccentric-acting stranger arrives in a small English town. But, after several days on being in the town, the citizens accept him as a harmless, though a bit daft, ... See full summary »

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Cameron Hall ...
Mr. Latham
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
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A strangely-garbed and eccentric-acting stranger arrives in a small English town. But, after several days on being in the town, the citizens accept him as a harmless, though a bit daft, member of the community. He then pays a visit to the town's leading citizen and reveals himself as a man with the perfect plan for murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 September 1952 (USA)  »

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En fremmed kom til byen  »

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Remade as Tales of the Unexpected: Stranger in Town (1982) See more »

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A Suite
(i.e.Swedish Rhapsody No.1/Midsommarvaka/Midsummer Vigil) (uncredited)
Composed by Hugo Alfvén (as Hugo Alsven)
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Award winning British short
11 April 2002 | by (Appomattox, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

This delightful film won numerous awards. Still relatively unknown to the public, it was introduced in the 1950s to many more viewers on the Sunday morning CBS Television program "Omnibus" (would it were still with us!). Omnibus devotees loved it, and enjoyed several repeats.

The small cast is excellent, including the movie debut of outstanding British stage-TV-film character actor Alan Badel, who went on to many choice roles. Photography is choice. Direction superb, music wonderful!

The soundtrack made famous the "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfven. Its popularity encouraged Alfven to compose "Swedish Rhapsody No. 2", which never garnered the acceptance of its bigger brother.

The plot is deliciously clever. I wouldn't want to spoil it for viewers, except to ask the cliff-hanging question, "Did he get away with it?" Hard to find, but well worth the fight. I sought it for years before a kindly classical music DJ sent me a VHS copy.

A gem, truly a gem.


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