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Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 2 October 1948 (USA)
A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Howard Fast (story "Rachel")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Rachel
William Holden ... Big Davey
Robert Mitchum ... Jim
Gary Gray ... Davey
Tom Tully ... Parson Jackson
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Jackson
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Green
Walter Baldwin ... Gallus
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Green
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Storyline

David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with proper schooling, Bible study and proper manners. Rachel, an indentured servant, is sold to David. David then marries her in order that little Davey would have a mother to properly raise him. David shows no real affection towards Rachel since this is a marriage of convenience. This all changes when Jim, a friend of the family comes for a visit. During his stay, David sees that there is more to Rachel than just being a "bonds woman", especially when Jim takes a liking to her. This awakens new feelings in David for Rachel. Written by Kelly

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3 Exciting Stars! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Dark Stranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$395,000, 31 December 1948
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of RKO's biggest hits of 1948, earning $395,000.00. See more »

Goofs

While Davey rushes back from the store to eavesdrop on the transaction, the light and shadows indicate it's mid to late afternoon. Mere minutes later as the camera moves outside again, it is already dusk. See more »

Quotes

Jim: You ain't ordering me off, Davey. I'm leaving of my own accord but not without Rachel. I offered to buy you out fair and square.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

Rachel
Music by Roy Webb
Lyrics by Waldo Salt
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more here than meets the eye
25 August 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I too became a fan of this movie (thank you American Movie Classics). What at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill frontier cabin story turned into an absorbing, well-written, well-acted human interest story with four engaging characters, a beautiful locale (the movie would have benefited from color), and a fine score to boot. The concept of a bonded (indentured) servant added an interesting historical facet. The cast, of course, is top notch. Mitchum and Holden work particularly well together. The film should be a lot better known than it is, and is well worth a see.


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