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Talk About a Stranger (1952)

In an idyllic setting, a likable but dangerously volatile twelve-year-old boy tries to settle a score with his disagreeable, mysterious neighbor.

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Robert Fontaine Sr.
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Marge Fontaine (as Nancy Davis)
Billy Gray ...
Robert Fontaine Jr.
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Mr. Wardlaw
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Matlock
Anna Glomb ...
Camille Wardlaw
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When his dog dies, apparently from being poisoned, the young son of the owner of a small, orange orchid in California, immediately suspects an unfriendly, mysterious stranger who has just moved into the area, who recently had a quarrel with the boy's father. The boy's suspicions grow and also influence other townspeople who begin to believe that the stranger may also be a wanted killer. Unwarranted assumptions and wild speculations lead to several problems before the truth is revealed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 April 1952 (USA)  »

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The Enemy  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Robert Fontaine Jr.: Do you live in that house?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: What are you, nuts?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: Well what's wrong with it?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: Do you believe in ghosts?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: No... oh, it's haunted?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: How can it be haunted if you don't believe in it?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: Well... I guess if it was haunted, then I'd HAVE to believe it.
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Once again, Billy Gray plays a real weasel of a kid!
23 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Billy Gray played a horrible little boy in several movies--most notably the Doris Day films "On Moonlight Bay" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon". This sort of character was quite a bit different from 'Bud' on "Father Knows Best". Here, Gray is up to his typical sort of character of the day...all boy...and all BAD boy!

The film begins with Bobby (Gray) and his friends tossing rocks through the windows of a supposedly abandoned house. Imagine their surprise when they see it's NOT abandoned! Bobby has a VERY active imagination (in other words he lies a lot) and tells his dad that the man inside was mean and attacked him!! Well, Bob Sr. (George Murphy) is mad but level-headed and goes to see what is up. Well, the new neighbor isn't very friendly...and slams the door in their faces.

Later, Bobby comes home with an adorable mutt and the kid loves the thing. However, when the pet dies, Bobby begins imagining that the neighbor poisoned the dog...and he begins telling everyone that he KNOWS this to be true. What's the sad truth? See the film.

This is a very well written slice of life film..nothing great but well done all around. Gray, though playing a brat, played him wonderfully and the film is well worth seeing. I also agree with another review where it pointed out how amazing the camera-work was in the film. It was almost film noir-like...very artsy and amazingly good for a B-movie.


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