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The Dangerous Stranger (1950)

| Crime, Drama, Short
In this film, a police officer tells children about the dangers of accepting rides or presents from strangers, and relates the unfortunate stories of several children who did and were never seen again.

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In this film, a police officer tells children about the dangers of accepting rides or presents from strangers, and relates the unfortunate stories of several children who did and were never seen again.

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Crime | Drama | Short

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$1,000 (estimated)
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This was Sid Davis's first safety film. See more »

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Featured in Health & Safety Scare Films Vol. 4 (2001) See more »

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The First From Sid Davis
29 June 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Dangerous Stranger (1950)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This education picture has the historic footnote as being the first one from producer Sid Davis who would become the king of this type of thing. This short has a policeman sitting down with a group of children to explain to them why they should always listen to their parents and not go away with strangers. We see different things that could happen if you decided to go with a strange including running into a pervert inside a movie theater or being killed. THE DANGEROUS STRANGER is actually a fairly well-made movie that has a few funny moments scattered throughout but in the end I think it's "point' gets across and I'm sure it worked quite well for children watching it in 1950. The narration is actually quite good and I'd say the re-enactments were also handled nicely. There are some unintentionally funny moments including the entire movie theater sequence and there's no doubt that they couldn't have made these men any creepier had they tried. I mean, each of the creepy guys are such stereotypes that you can't help but laugh.


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