6.7/10
742
24 user 10 critic

When Strangers Marry (1944)

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Drama | Fantasy | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman
Framed (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan
Crack-Up (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
Dreamboat (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Director: Claude Binyon
Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price
Desire Me (1947)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Shortly after WWII, flashbacks tell the story of Marise, her husband Paul, and Jean, who was imprisoned with Paul in a German camp. While attempting to escape from the camp Paul is shot, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Conway, George Cukor, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum, Richard Hart
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Thomas Mitchell
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Like a blast from the sky...a DRAMATIC THUNDERBOLT that builds to a crashing climax! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betrayed See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Woogie
(uncredited)
Music by Lorenzo Flennoy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Many Imaginative Touches
10 September 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Check out that unsettling scene in the lonely police waiting room. Little guy Houser (Lubin) sits on one side and vulnerable newly-wed Millie (Hunter) sits on the other with a big empty space between. It's a great visual metaphor for the danger facing our young stranger in the city. A hostile world appears on one side and poor Millie all alone on the other. Even little things work against her in the big, impersonal surroundings—the unhelpful news guy, streetlights suddenly going out. Then too, those spare sets from budget-minded Monogram fairly echo with undefined menace.

From such atmospheric touches, it's not hard to detect the influence of Val Lewton's horror classic The Seventh Victim (1943). At the same time, the movie's director William Castle was a moving force behind the brilliantly unconventional Whistler series from Columbia studios. So the many imaginative touches here, like the lunging lion's head that opens the film, should come as no surprise.

Despite the overall suspense, I had trouble following plot convolutions—who was where, when, and why. But then the screenplay did have four writers, which is seldom an asset. Still, the mysterious husband (Jagger) and Millie's suspicions does generate core interest. In my little book, the main appeal is in the players and the atmosphere, such as the winsome young Hunter, a virile young Mitchum, and the jazzy Harlem nightclub. All in all, the sixty-minutes remains a clever little surprise from poverty row Monogram.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed