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Affair with a Stranger (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 20 June 1953 (USA)
When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce ... See full summary »

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Carolyn Parker
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Bill Blakeley
Linda Douglas ...
Dolly Murray (as Mary Jo Tarola)
Monica Lewis ...
Janet Boothe
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Ma Stanton
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Happy Murray
Wally Vernon ...
Joe, Taxi Driver
Nicholas Joy ...
Producer George W. Craig
Olive Carey ...
Cynthia Craig
Victoria Horne ...
Mrs. Wallace
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Miss Crutcher
George Cleveland ...
Pop
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Timmy
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Edith (scenes deleted)
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Mounted Policeman (scenes deleted)
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When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce about how the two met and married. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Kiss and Run
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Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Monica Lewis
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The Rise And Fall Of A Marriage
16 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why RKO Pictures entitled this film Affair With A Stranger since what it is is the story of two married people played by Victor Mature and Jean Simmons. It's told from the point of view of their friends who read about it in the Broadway gossip column of Henny Backus and the influence of that other RKO classic Citizen Kane is unmistakable.

Mature is a likable enough fellow who is an aspiring playwright on Broadway who likes to gamble and have a good time as well and Simmons is a girl who nurtures him until he gains success. But then being a Broadway success he falls prey to the usual temptations. A really big temptation comes his way in the form of his latest leading lady, husband collecting Monica Lewis.

The cast has some real scene stealing character players like George Cleveland, Jane Darwell, Wally Vernon and Dabbs Greer all of whom are part of the lives of Simmons and Mature. They form a real rooting section for this marriage and they all care about the two leads and make you care as well. The story is told mostly through their recollections of how the relationship of Mature and Simmons has developed over the years and you get to know them as good if flawed people, especially Mature.

It's not Citizen Kane hardly, but Affair With A Stranger is a good entertaining drama with a great cast even if the title of the film was probably done to sensationalize the film a bit and get folks to plunk down their money thinking it might be something else. It's good enough as it is, on its own merits.


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