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The Incredible Stranger (1942)

Unrated | | Short | 20 June 1942 (USA)
In 1893, an odd stranger arrives in a small town and keeps a promise he made to his wife.


(as Jack Tourneur)


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In turn of the century Bridgewood, a mysterious stranger from Chicago requests, by letter to the local contractor, that a four bedroom house be built in town. The stranger moves into the house by himself without saying a word to any of the townsfolk. He lives there seemingly alone, but orders through the local store clothing, including that for a woman and two children. But no one knows what is happening in the house as the stranger never says anything to anyone, and no one else ever goes in or out of the house. The entire town eventually learns why the man moved to Bridgewood and why he doesn't speak. But it's the secret kept behind the locked doors of his house that tells the full heartbreaking story. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 32: The Incredible Stranger  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by It Can't Be Done (1948) See more »

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24 May 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Incredible Stranger, The (1942)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Part of MGM's Passing Parade shorts, this film takes place in the late 1880's when a stranger arrives at a small town. Previously the stranger had a house built and is constantly ordering stuff for four even though he is the only one living there. The people in town want to know what's going on but it takes five years for the secret to get out. This was always one of the better short series produced by MGM and this here is one of the better episodes. Tourneur was on the break of becoming a big time director but you really can't see any of his trademark style here, even though he still creates a very good movie. The entire film is done with narration so there's no spoken dialogue but this trick is actually good for the movie. The secret of the man is rather obvious but it's still nice when it's revealed.

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