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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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Taglines:

The Man Who Bought Her...The Tall Dark Stranger Who Sought Her! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Did You Know?

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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Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Song
Music by Roy Webb
Lyrics by Waldo Salt
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Fun Little Western!
14 September 2006 | by MCL1150See all my reviews

"Rachel and the Stranger" has been one of my favorite "little" films over the years. I only say little because my mother and I are the only two fans of it that I actually know of, but I'm sure there are hundreds of fans out there who love "Rachel and the Stranger" as much as we do. TCM runs it two or three times a year and I try not to miss it. I guess it was a big hit in its time even though it's not as well known today, but my advice is to watch it if you ever get the chance. At about 90 minutes it doesn't wear out its welcome and seems to be over as fast as it began. And with three great stars like Loretta Young (WOW!), William Holden and Robert Mitchum, you really can't go wrong. All three are perfect in their roles. The film is a traditional Western in many ways, but what I like most about it is the humor that's woven in throughout. One sequence even develops into slapstick, but it works. Overall, a really wonderful and enjoyable movie. This is the kind of film that you just end up counting among your favorites even though it's likely that no one you know has ever seen it. And it's the kind of film that you want everyone to see so you can strike up a conversation about how much you love it! Watch it and enjoy!


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