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The Unholy Four (1954)

The Stranger Came Home (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 24 September 1954 (USA)
A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

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Angie
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Philip Vickers
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Job Crandall
Paul Carpenter ...
Bill Saul
Alvys Maben ...
Joan Merrill
Russell Napier ...
Insp. Treherne
Kay Callard ...
Jennie
David King-Wood ...
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Jeremy Hawk ...
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Blonde (as Pat Owens)
Jack Taylor ...
Brownie
Kim Mills ...
Roddy
Owen Evans ...
Redhead
Philip Lennard ...
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Philip Vickers mysteriously reappears to his wife and friends during a party at her upscale country estate after an absence of four years. He had been presumed dead after he disappeared on a fishing trip in Portugal with three friends. He was knocked unconscious and pushed overboard by an unknown assailant. In the interim, he had suffered from amnesia but now has regained his faculties. All the potential suspects, including his wife, are at the party. When one of them is killed, the police are called in, and suspicion for the crime falls on the vengeful Vickers. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The novel "Stranger At Home" by George Sanders, which this film is based on, was actually ghost-written by Leigh Brackett. An unrelated novel also credited to Sanders, "Crime On My Hands", features Sanders as an amateur detective, similar to his Saint and Falcon characters. That novel was ghost-written by Craig Rice, who wrote two of the Falcon films. See more »

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[first lines]
Philip Vickers: [to dog] Hello, Coolin, boy. Hello, old boy. You didn't forget, did you, huh?
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Paulette Goddard is in it, and that's about all I can say
26 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Stranger Came Home" is a 1954 British noir directed by Terence Fisher and starring Paulette Goddard. The film is based on a novel by George Sanders, THE George Sanders. Apparently he wrote a few novels. Let's hope they were more interesting than this.

Goddard plays Angie Vickers, whose husband Philip disappeared four years ago on a fishing trip in Portugal and is presumed dead. He suddenly comes home after having amnesia. His memory of the night he disappeared is dim, but he knows that one of the three friends who accompanied him to Portugal wanted him dead. When one of them turns up dead, Philip is the obvious suspect.

This thing is slow as molasses, with a sleepwalking performance by the leading man. Goddard gives the film some class and spark. She's beautiful, charming, and has a nice wardrobe.

Skip it.


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