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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.



(screenplay), (story "The Enemy")


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Fontaine Sr.
Marge Fontaine (as Nancy Davis)
Billy Gray ...
Robert Fontaine Jr.
Mr. Wardlaw
Anna Glomb ...
Camille Wardlaw


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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Release Date:

18 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Enemy  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It made a great statement on first impressions
6 March 2001 | by (Lee's Summit, MO.) – See all my reviews

Talk about a Stranger had a lot of very good moral implications. I enjoyed the story, and the characters in it, flaws and all. It was a great reminder to look deeper than what we might project onto others or a first impression and the damage it can do. It became somewhat suspenseful in parts. It did not seem dated to me. A good movie with a good moral lesson...wish we could have more movies like this today.

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