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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Rachel
... Big Davey
... Jim
... Davey
... Parson Jackson
... Mrs. Jackson
... Mr. Green
... Gallus
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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REBEL BRIDE of a man she never kissed! Pledged to share his home...but not privileged to claim his love! Until one day...one fateful day...along came a Tall, Dark Stranger! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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2 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tall Dark Stranger  »

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Gross USA:

$395,000, 31 December 1948
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Mitchum was arrested for possessing marijuana, RKO rushed to release the film to take advantage of the news of Mitchum's arrest. 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

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh He Oh Hi Oh Ho
Music by Roy Webb
Lyrics by Waldo Salt
Performed by Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
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Sadly Underrated Western
5 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is often overlooked despite the presence of Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and William Holden in the cast. It's a well-done frontier story with plenty of action and romance. Loretta Young has never looked more fetching and the Mitchum/Holden combo is a knock out.


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