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Love from a Stranger (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 15 November 1947 (USA)
A newly married woman begins to suspect that her husband is a killer. Even worse, she soon comes to believe that she will be his next victim.


Richard Whorf


Philip MacDonald (screenplay), Frank Vosper (play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
John Hodiak ... Manuel Cortez
Sylvia Sidney ... Cecily Harrington
Ann Richards ... Mavis Wilson
John Howard ... Nigel Lawrence
Isobel Elsom ... Auntie Loo-Loo
Ernest Cossart ... Billings
Philip Tonge ... Dr. Horace Gribble
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Ethel
Frederick Worlock ... Inspector Hobday (as Frederic Worlock)


Cecily Harrington, struggling along on a small allowance, wins a fortune in a lottery. She decides to travel rather than marrying her fiancé Nigel Lawrence. A stranger, Manuel Cortez, comes to rent her flat and she falls in love with him, and they are married. For their honeymoon, they go to an isolated English college where she, unlike the audience, doesn't realize she has married a fortune-hunting Bluebeard with a few murdered wives in his past. The question is will she be able to repent in leisure her decision to marry in haste. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He lied...cheated...KILLED!... all in the name of LOVE!


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13 March 2006 | by jcoppeto001See all my reviews

This was a rather pedestrian version of the Agatha Christie short story thriller (Philomel Cottage). Of course, the original short story confined itself to the time the couple spent on their honeymoon, although the subsequent adapted theater play expanded on the plot. Sylvia Sidney came off as a kind of Betty Davis type with a distracting edge to her delivery. John Hodiak's performance started off with subtlety but towards the end it deteriorated into melodrama. I agree with another reviewer that I couldn't help thinking that this would have gotten a much better treatment from Alfred Hitchcock. The plot development was implausible at times. Although the beginning was cogent and mood-setting, I was disappointed by the lack of subtlety in the ending, which differed from the Christie ending. The story should have been about the psychology of predator and prey, but that aspect was muted. I have not read the theater play, so I don't know how its ending compared to the wonderful Christie ending.

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15 November 1947 (USA) See more »

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Hideout for Horror See more »

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Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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