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When Strangers Marry (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 21 August 1944 (USA)
A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Dennis J. Cooper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Jagger ... Paul Baxter
Kim Hunter ... Mildred Baxter
Robert Mitchum ... Fred Graham
Neil Hamilton ... Police Lieutenant Blake
Lou Lubin ... Jacob Houser
Milton Kibbee ... Charlie (as Milt Kibbee)
Dewey Robinson ... Newsstand Owner
Claire Whitney ... Middle-Aged Wife on Train
Edward Keane ... Middle - Aged Husband on Train
Virginia Sale ... Hotel Chambermaid
Dick Elliott ... Sam Prescott
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... Old Man (as Lee White)
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Baby's Mother
Billy Nelson ... Louisville Driver
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A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betrayed See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $10,000 would equate to over $140,000 in 2017. See more »

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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Woogie
(uncredited)
Music by Lorenzo Flennoy
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A tight, tense little thriller that helped consolidate the noir cycle
5 November 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Like My Name is Julia Ross, another quick-and-dirty damsel-in-distress movie, When Strangers Marry helped lay down the blueprints for what would come to be called film noir. Kim Hunter has just wed a patron (Dean Jagger) of the restaurant where she waited tables without knowing much about him; off on a vague business trip, he asks her to meet him at a New York hotel. His evasive actions are enough to raise suspicions even in a naive Ohio gal like her -- he makes her wander the streets of wartime Greenwich Village at night (as she did a year earlier in Val Lewton's The Seventh Victim). An old man-pal (the very young Robert Mitchum) happens to turn up to keep an eye on her strange marriage in the big bad city. But there are recurring links to the silk-stocking murder of a businessman in Philadelpia a few days before.... William Castle, best known as a 1950s schlockmeister (13 Ghosts, et al.) shows himself to be a keen apprentice here: There's a scene involving a glass-paned hotel mail chute that is almost Hitchcockian.


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