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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 ... 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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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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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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That woman has some SERIOUS issues!
25 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Strangers in the Night" is a very unusual B-movie. It's a bizarre story about a seriously deranged old lady, Mrs. Blake and the weird secret she hides.

When the story begins, Dr. Ross (Virginia Grey) is introducing herself to the folks in the seaside community where she'll be taking over for the old doctor. However, when she meets Mrs. Blake (Helene Thiming), the old woman is overtly hostile towards her...inexplicably so.

Soon after this, Dr. Ross is on a train and meets Sgt. Meadows (William Terry). It seems he is headed to the same small town where Ross now works...and he's going to the Blake household to see Mrs. Blake's lovely daughter. It seems that when he was off fighting in the war, he corresponded with the lady and he's totally smitten with her. However, once he arrives at the Blake household, they inform Terry that she isn't there. And, they invite him to stay until she returns. However, days pass and it's obvious something is going on here...and the return of the girl seems to very, very vague.

In the meantime, Mrs. Blake's nervous housekeeper, Ivy (Edith Barrett) knows some sort of secret and seems to always be on the verge of telling the Doctor. What is the secret? And how does it relate to the missing daughter? And, what does a painting of the lady have to do with all this?

I really loved this film. While most folks think all B-movies are bad movies, they are not. A true B is a short film (about an hour in length) and is usually cheaply made. The purpose of the film is to be the second film in a double feature--with the A (or prestige picture) being accompanied by this B. But just because a film is short and often hastily made doesn't mean it's bad...and "Strangers in the Night" is simply terrific. In fact, it's one of the best Bs I have ever seen. The writing and acting and direction all work together perfectly and the solution to the mystery is sufficiently dark and sick to satisfy. Well worth seeing and Helene Thiming is simply terrific as this sick, disturbed and nasty old 'lady'!

My score of 9 is because the film is so good and because of how it compares to other Bs....and it's head and shoulders better than about 99% of them.


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