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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.
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Mr. Wardlaw
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Matlock
Anna Glomb ...
Camille Wardlaw
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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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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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The Worst Impulses In Your Mind
8 December 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Kurt Kaszner who has certainly played his share of villains on the screen has come to settle down in a small California town in the citrus fruit growing area. He's surly, bad tempered, and scares off anyone trying remotely to be friendly to him. Especially young Billy Gray who has a paper route that Kaszner is on. Even Gray's father George Murphy can't get any kind of smile out of him.

In a small town, a fellow like Kaszner is bound to raise eyebrows, but no one outrightly accuses him of anything until a dog that young Mr. Gray has adopted is poisoned.

Of course there's a lot more to the story, but I won't spoil anything by going farther. Talk About A Stranger can be deadly if you don't know the facts and let the worst impulses in your mind start taking control.

Talk About A Stranger is an unpretentious film from MGM's B picture unit which has a simple message and speaks it plainly. Nancy Davis is in this as Gray's mother and Lewis Stone is in this as well in one of his last films.

The film has a nice moral lessons about jumping to conclusions before all the facts are in.


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