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Strangers in the Night (1944)

A lonely, mentally unbalanced woman invents a fictitious daughter and has the "daughter" write to a Marine stationed in the South Pacific. When the soldier returns back to the States, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (original story), Bryant Ford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Terry William Terry ... Sgt. Johnny Meadows
Virginia Grey ... Dr. Leslie Ross
Helene Thimig ... Mrs. Hilda Blake (as Helen Thimig)
Edith Barrett ... Ivy Miller
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Nurse Thompson
Audley Anderson Audley Anderson ... Train Conductor
Jimmie Lucas Jimmie Lucas ... Waiter
Roy Butler Roy Butler ... Cab Driver
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan ... Police Driver
Frances Morris ... Nurse
George Sherwood George Sherwood ... Navy Doctor
Roy Darmour Roy Darmour ... Sailor
Jack Gardner Jack Gardner ... Medical Corpsman
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Storyline

A lonely, mentally unbalanced woman invents a fictitious daughter and has the "daughter" write to a Marine stationed in the South Pacific. When the soldier returns back to the States, he goes to look up his pen pal, and is told by the "mother" that the daughter has moved away. An acquaintance of the women tells the soldier the truth, and in a rage the "mother" kills her. In order to cover up that crime, she realizes she must kill the soldier, too. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Terror See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Johnny has just had major back surgery, however when he takes off his shirt and his back has no scars of any kind. See more »

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27 September 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Sergeant William Terry (Johnny) survives WW2 by clinging to the hope of meeting up with Rosemary, the girl he has been corresponding with despite never having met her. On his return to the USA, he seeks her out in California. Well, he gets to see her portrait courtesy of Helene Thimig (Hilda) who is Rosemary's mother. But Thimig seems to be putting off a meeting between her daughter and Terry. Why?

This film is a nice discovery. It contains a disturbing story, a disturbing character (no need to guess who), other likable characters, an atmospheric setting and a short running time that keeps you watching from the beginning. You'll guess what is going on – sort of – but it doesn't take away the enjoyment of the film. A nice surprise.


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