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The Stranger in Between (1952)

Hunted (original title)
Approved | | Crime , Drama | 17 March 1952 (UK)
Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.


Charles Crichton


Michael McCarthy (idea), Jack Whittingham (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Chris Lloyd
Jon Whiteley ... Robbie
Elizabeth Sellars ... Magda Lloyd
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Sykes
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Sykes
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Jack Lloyd
Jane Aird Jane Aird ... Mrs. Campbell
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Mr. Campbell
Geoffrey Keen ... Detective Inspector Deakin
Douglas Blackwell Douglas Blackwell ... Detective Sergeant Grayson
Leonard White Leonard White ... Police Station Sergeant
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Assistant Commissioner
Denis Webb Denis Webb ... Chief Superintendent
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Deputy Assistant Commissioner
John Bushelle John Bushelle ... Chief Inspector


Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

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NOWHERE dare they show themselves... NOWHERE dared they rest... See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

17 March 1952 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dirk Bogarde and Jon Whiteley also worked together in The Spanish Gardener (1956). See more »


Chris Lloyd: Cup of coffee and a packet of Woodbines please.
[Checks his pockets for change]
Chris Lloyd: You can forget the Woodbines.
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Referenced in A Perfect World (1993) See more »


Early One Morning
English folk song
Whistled by Dirk Bogarde
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Intense, bleak but ultimately uplifting early road movie.
31 August 2000 | by Neil-117See all my reviews

Britain just after the second world war must have been a grim place indeed. Still looking like a bomb site, with poor living standards, inadequate social services, stifling conformity and tough policing. Amid this bleak social landscape, Bogarde is a hopeless, alienated character fleeing from the police after a crime of momentary passion. He is joined by a scared and emotionally scarred small boy also on the run from a harsh reality. Their journey together is gruelling yet at the same time strangely aimless, as they focus on escaping the past with little idea of their future.

Like all good road movies, the journey changes the characters, as they are affected, enriched and ultimately redeemed by their own striving and by their personal interaction. Any more detail would spoil this story but you can be guaranteed of a fine reward at the end if you can stick with the grinding progress of this particular odyssey.

Filmed in suitably bleak black and white, there's a slightly too earnest quality about the way this movie strives to put everything in the worst possible perspective – but that's when looked at from the comfortable perspective of half a century later when life is a lot softer for many of us. Go the distance with this one and you'll be a better person for it.

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