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Unearthly Stranger (1963)

Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville), government scientist, meets a mysterious woman and is married quickly. He knows little of her past. His government superiors want to know more about his ... See full summary »

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Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville), government scientist, meets a mysterious woman and is married quickly. He knows little of her past. His government superiors want to know more about his wife and certain strange attributes that point towards his wife more than she appears. But it turns out she actually does love her husband scientist, and her superiors set it to kill them both. Written by Alan G.

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Little seen Chiller Theater classic
30 July 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1963's "Unearthly Stranger" is one of the relatively few British examples of low budget science fiction, airing only twice on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater, paired with first feature "Flight of the Lost Balloon" on Aug 9 1969, and with second feature "The Flying Saucer" on Jan 1 1972. Not including Amicus and Hammer's efforts, I can rattle off several that were TV staples on CT- "Fire Maidens of Outer Space," "The Cosmic Monster" aka "The Strange World of Planet X," "The Crawling Eye" aka "The Trollenberg Terror," "The Man Without a Body," "Womaneater," "The Atomic Man" aka "Timeslip," "The Electronic Monster" aka "Escapement," "Night Caller from Outer Space" (with John Saxon), and "Invasion" (with Edward Judd), each in glorious black and white. All of differing quality of course, but part of the TV landscape at the time, and virtually all quite forgotten today. "Unearthly Stranger" can easily be regarded as one of the best of this bunch, a tidy little character study featuring a small cast of only six actors, suggesting the story may have stage origins as scripted by Rex Carlton, of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die," "Nightmare in Wax," and "Blood of Dracula's Castle." One reviewer griped about the British tendency for dialogue over action, but clearly Carlton was an American; none of the titles mentioned above centered on expensive special effects. Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville) marries a beautiful young woman named Julie (Gabriella Licudi), who appeared seemingly out of nowhere during a European vacation. Mark is currently working on a top secret space mission that proves to be the death of a colleague (Warren Mitchell), but Mark and his friend, Prof. John Lancaster (Philip Stone), vow to carry on with his work, despite warning signs that something unnatural is going on. For one thing, John isn't the first to notice that Julie never blinks her eyes (though the actress can be seen doing so several times), and is spotted removing a hot dish from a 275 degree oven using her bare hands. Investigating the recent death is Major Clarke (Patrick Newell), a rather unorthodox sleuth who enjoys eating candy during interrogations. Miss Ballard, the secretary, is played by Jean Marsh,in roughly the same fashion that she played the secretary in Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy" (1972). John Neville was a future Sherlock Holmes in another Chiller Theater classic, "A Study in Terror"(1965), while Patrick Newell was best known for the role of Mother during the final 1968 season of THE AVENGERS, as well as one or two appearances on THE BENNY HILL SHOW (he died in 1988). Without going into much detail, I must admit that I found the many twists and turns quite fascinating, virtually the entire cast in excellent form. But I have a soft spot in my heart for 20-year-old Gabriella Licudi, an actress I've seen only rarely- in the ONE STEP BEYOND episode "The Sorcerer" (1961, opposite Christopher Lee), in the 2-part "Hound of the Baskervilles" (1968, opposite Peter Cushing's Sherlock Holmes), and the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" (1967). In my opinion, this was her finest role, not an easy one to play, which leaves audiences guessing (always leave them wanting more).


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