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Talk About a Stranger (1952)

Passed  -  Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery  -  18 April 1952 (USA)
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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)
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Mr. Wardlaw
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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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Gregory, Boy in San Sala: Guy who lived here got killed... he was murdered.
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: Did it happen here?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: Sure, most likely... probably right where you're standing.
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Not a thriller or film noir at all
22 January 2005 | by (Boston, USA) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be quite boring and the plot just plain silly. Once the boy finds his dog dead, with the expertise of a vet, he exclaims, "My dog has been poisoned!, and it was Dr. Mahler!" Even more ridiculous, his father responds, " I wouldn't put it past him!" Then they go to the mysterious Dr.'s house to confront him, only to hear his denial and leave. Definitely a kids movie to teach the morals of not "judging a book by it's cover". But if anyone

thinks this is even mildly creepy, you would never survive the Boston subway system. No wonder why the director did not direct any major film for over 8 years after this piece of silliness. Some good camera work, but it still feels like a Leaver it to Beaver episode. Watch it at your own risk.


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