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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.

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... Paul Baxter
... Mildred Baxter
... Fred Graham
... Police Lieutenant Blake
... Jacob Houser
... Charlie (as Milt Kibbee)
... Newsstand Owner
... Middle-Aged Wife on Train
... Middle - Aged Husband on Train
... Hotel Chambermaid
... Sam Prescott
Lee 'Lasses' White ... Old Man (as Lee White)
Marta Mitrovich ... Baby's Mother
... 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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Like a blast from the sky...a DRAMATIC THUNDERBOLT that builds to a crashing climax! See more »


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There is a scene where we see a framed photo of a man on a mantle. The photo is of director William Castle. Another scene features a man named "Mr. King" being paged; the producers of the film are both named King. See more »

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Boogie Woogie
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Music by Lorenzo Flennoy
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A tight, tense little thriller that helped consolidate the noir cycle
5 November 2001 | by See 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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