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Talk About a Stranger (1952)

In an idyllic setting, a likable but dangerously volatile twelve-year-old boy tries to settle a score with his disagreeable, mysterious neighbor.

Director:

David Bradley

Writers:

Margaret Fitts (screenplay), Charlotte Armstrong (story "The Enemy")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Murphy ... Robert Fontaine Sr.
Nancy Reagan ... Marge Fontaine (as Nancy Davis)
Billy Gray ... Robert Fontaine Jr.
Lewis Stone ... Mr. Wardlaw
Kurt Kasznar ... Matlock
Anna Glomb Anna Glomb ... Camille Wardlaw
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Storyline

When his dog dies, apparently from being poisoned, the young son of the owner of a small, orange orchid in California, immediately suspects an unfriendly, mysterious stranger who has just moved into the area, who recently had a quarrel with the boy's father. The boy's suspicions grow and also influence other townspeople who begin to believe that the stranger may also be a wanted killer. Unwarranted assumptions and wild speculations lead to several problems before the truth is revealed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stranger in the House See more »

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Budget:

$481,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At one point George Murphy calls his son, played by Billy Gray, Bud. Billy Gray would later play Bud on "Father Knows Best." See more »

Quotes

Robert Fontaine Jr.: Do you live in that house?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: What are you, nuts?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: Well what's wrong with it?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: Do you believe in ghosts?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: No... oh, it's haunted?
Gregory, Boy in San Sala: How can it be haunted if you don't believe in it?
Robert Fontaine Jr.: Well... I guess if it was haunted, then I'd HAVE to believe it.
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Premature judgement can lead one self to erratic behavior
18 December 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

A boy and his dog, let no man stand between them. It may not sound as common as the phrase "a man and his woman, let no man stand between them", but a boy and his dog always tugs at the filmgoers heart strings. The young boy Robert Fontaine Jr. is a single boy about 12 years old who lives on his parents farm whose dad is tending 24 hours a day to the families orange fields.

When Robert finds a stray dog his parents allow him to keep the cute dog and they quickly become inseparable. Shortly after the dog named "boy" is taken into the Fontaine family home the young Robert Jr. finds his dog dead in the pathway that leads between his parents farm and the strange next door neighbors home, a man called Matlock.

Quickly Robert Jr. comes to no other conclusion than his reclusive next door neighbor Mr. Matlock must have deliberately killed his dog so Robert Jr. reports his dog's murder to the local police station and when they don't take him seriosuly he decides to prove that Mr. Matlock killed his beloved dog named boy himself.

I think most reasonable people can remember more than one past incident in their own lives when they prematurely jumped to an incorrect conclusion about a friend or family member by blaming them for something that eventually was proven ithat their friend or family member were innocent of.

Although classified as a film noir I think the film Talk About A Stranger is more an educational film for both the young and old by reminding us that all things that appear in front of our naked eyes are not always how they appear to be.

I give it a 6 out of 10 rating


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