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The Unholy Four (1954)
"The Stranger Came Home" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  24 September 1954 (USA)
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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
Patrick Holt ...
Job Crandall
Paul Carpenter ...
Bill Saul
Alvys Maben ...
Joan Merrill
Russell Napier ...
Insp. Treherne
Kay Callard ...
Jennie
David King-Wood ...
Sessions
Jeremy Hawk ...
Sgt. Johnson
Patricia Owens ...
Blonde (as Pat Owens)
Jack Taylor ...
Brownie
Owen Evans ...
Redhead
Philip Lennard ...
Medical Examiner
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Storyline

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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24 September 1954 (USA)  »

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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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Not bad, really.
1 March 2013 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Most of the other reviews here rate this rather low, and say it's a poor example of film noir. Well I agree, it isn't great film noir. But it IS a very good mystery film. It's based on the novel "Stranger At Home" by George Sanders, which was actually ghost-written by acclaimed author Leigh Brackett. And the film is an amazingly faithful adaptation of the book.

The main character was probably written with Sanders in mind, but William Sylvester (best known for "2001: A Space Odyssey") is excellent in the role of the stranger who came home. This is not a must-see film, but definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity.


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