The Star and the Story: Season 1, Episode 1

Dark Stranger (8 Jan. 1955)

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A writer's fiction becomes terrifying reality, sucking him into his own novel being played out. Ray Ericson writes of a lovely woman who leaves her steady boyfriend for a man out to kill ... See full summary »

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A writer's fiction becomes terrifying reality, sucking him into his own novel being played out. Ray Ericson writes of a lovely woman who leaves her steady boyfriend for a man out to kill her. Suddenly he realizes life is imitating art: he is in the killer role! How can the novelist prevent destroying the woman he's come to love? Written by David Stevens

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A bittersweet tale.
28 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Edmund O'Brien stars as a writer named Ray. Ray has a book coming out and just before its release, he is shocked to see a woman who is EXACTLY like the main character in his story. He chases after her but loses her as she crosses the street. Later, however, they meet and he is shocked to see that she isn't LIKE the character, she IS the character! And, because she is the woman he created, he cannot help but fall in love with her. However, in the story, she is murdered...and he's worried that this will also happen to Jill (Joanne Woodward)!

In many ways, this film reminds me of the episode of "The Twilight Zone" where an author (Keenan Wynn) is able to describe characters on his tape recorder and they magically appear. This plot was played for laughs, whereas "Dark Stranger" is more of a romantic drama. Considering that two top actors (both who would become Oscar winners) star in this one, it's no wonder that it's well acted and quite enjoyable throughout.


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