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A Night of Terror (1937)

Love from a Stranger (original title)
A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Frank Vosper (from the play by), Agatha Christie (based on a short story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Carol Howard
Basil Rathbone ... Gerald Lovell
Binnie Hale Binnie Hale ... Kate Meadows
Bruce Seton ... Ronald Bruce
Jean Cadell Jean Cadell ... Aunt Lou
Bryan Powley Bryan Powley ... Dr. Gribble
Joan Hickson ... Emmy
Donald Calthrop ... Hobson
Eugene Leahy Eugene Leahy ... Mr. Tuttle
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Storyline

Carol wins the lottery, but unfortunately her sudden wealth leads to a disagreement with her fiancé Ronald, and the two break up. Carol quickly falls in love with the romantic and mysterious Gerald, and marries him despite the warnings of her friends. It is not long before Carol begins to see that Gerald is disturbed and perhaps even dangerous, and she soon realizes that she is in great peril. Written by Snow Leopard

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Caught in the web of a madman! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night of Terror See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast Saturday 12 August 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Quotes

Gerald Lovell: But then most women are fools.
Carol Howard: You think so?
Gerald Lovell: I don't think, I know. Born fools! And women's weakness is man's opportunity.
[Looks quizzically at her]
Gerald Lovell: Did someone write that? Or did I think of it myself? If I did, it's good. It's very good.
[laughs]
Gerald Lovell: 'Women's weakness is men's opportunity'.
Carol Howard: [Placatingly] You do have exceptional insight into things.
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Version of Love from a Stranger (1938) See more »

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In the Hall of the Mountain King
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from "Peer Gynt Suite"
Music by Edvard Grieg
Whistled by Basil Rathbone
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definitive
19 March 2006 | by jcoppeto001See all my reviews

This is the definitive movie version of the story. The later movie version pales by comparison. The casting is terrific. The plot is plausible. The pacing is perfect. The settings were simple yet convincing. The acting is right on the button. Basil Rathbone is extraordinary in what may be one of his finest performances. Hitchock could not have directed it any better. The psychopathology is presented in a valid way, eschewing melodrama. This version is uncompromisingly true to the meaning and the tone of Christie's creation. Just as importantly the dialogue does not insult your intelligence. The final scene is intense yet controlled and makes one yearn for these well-done black and white movies in contrast to the melodramatic, syrupy Technicolor endings we get nowadays.


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