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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)
Billy Gray ...
Robert Fontaine Jr.
Lewis Stone ...
Mr. Wardlaw
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Matlock
Anna Glomb ...
Camille Wardlaw
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Jon Gardner ...
Boy (as John Gardner)
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Coming-of-age story about a bratty kid who takes an instant dislike to a strange new neighbor. The boy sets off on a campaign to smear his name and spread vicious rumors about him. His parents just can't handle the boy. But after the kid endangers all the crops in the valley by his vandalism of the neighbors oil tank, he comes to realize that people are not always what they appear to be. Written by Ed Lorusso

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18 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Talmadge: Something doesn't stand up. A guy like Matlock who lives like a pig and dresses like a hobo, drives a nicer car than I do and has a $500 watch!
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Interesting Story
8 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this story concerning a family who lived in an orange growing community in California. The father was George Murphy, (Robert Fontaine Sr.) and his wife Nancy Davis, (Marge Fontaine) and they had a son Bud Fontaine,Jr. (Billy Gray) who was a bratty kid. Bud Fontaine had a little dog who followed him everywhere he went and one day this dog was found dead by poisoning and Bud immediately accused a stranger in the neighborhood of killing his pet. This man was Paul Mahler,(Kurt Kasgnar) who lived in an old dark looking house that all the children called a haunted house. Bud spreads rumors among the local town about Mr Paul Mahler killing his dog and he is advised by the police to prove what he is saying and to bring them the proof of his accusations. George Murphy moved on in life to become a United States Senator and Nancy Davis married Ronald Regan. Great little film.


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