Tales of the Unexpected: Season 5, Episode 5

Stranger in Town (23 May 1982)

TV Episode  -   -  Horror | Thriller
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An eccentrically-dressed stranger gets off a train and within a few days has endeared himself to the citizens of the town with his jovial behaviour and magical tricks. He is known as Sir ... See full summary »

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Latham
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Hotel Receptionist
Jean Kitson ...
Secretary
Bruce Clark ...
The Boy
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Giles Phibbs ...
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Stuart Howard ...
Newstand Boy
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An eccentrically-dressed stranger gets off a train and within a few days has endeared himself to the citizens of the town with his jovial behaviour and magical tricks. He is known as Sir Columbus. However, when he calls upon prominent citizen Mr. Latham, he is neither jovial or eccentric, he is out for revenge. But then who would suspect such a delightfully off-the-wall middle-aged gentleman of being capable of murder? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Remake of The Stranger Left No Card (1952) See more »

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18 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a nice,entertaining short that wastes little time in its telling & deserves its award. I am referring to the original Film production directed by Wendy Toye (once better known for her career as a dancer). As I recall it was released as a programme "support" & "introduced" the later versatile actor,Alan Badel( a sort of poor man's Alec Guinness) as "The Stranger" who is never identified. It also used the popular "Swedish Rhapsody" tune for the music. As a one-time minor Civil Service film society secretary in Westminster (London)in the 60s I recall I booked it for a show as a 16mm reel from the BFI. It has had one or two showings on TV - possibly BBC2 or Channel 4 way back so it could always pop up today,unexpectedly. I agree that this "Tales" version does not stand up to the former despite D Jacobi who probably is more at home as a daft Roman Emperor. If one thinks about it, the story could lend itself to both a decent little ballet or decently directed "silent" as it uses little dialogue. But whoever attempts the seemingly "odd" lead the twist to this tale should always bring a chuckle if not a few ideas....


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