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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 orchard 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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Certificate:

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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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It made a great statement on first impressions
6 March 2001 | by rsgalloSee all my reviews

Talk about a Stranger had a lot of very good moral implications. I enjoyed the story, and the characters in it, flaws and all. It was a great reminder to look deeper than what we might project onto others or a first impression and the damage it can do. It became somewhat suspenseful in parts. It did not seem dated to me. A good movie with a good moral lesson...wish we could have more movies like this today.


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