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The Unholy Four (1954)

The Stranger Came Home (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 24 September 1954 (USA)
A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Director:

Terence Fisher
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Cast overview:
Paulette Goddard ... Angie
William Sylvester ... Philip Vickers
Patrick Holt ... Job Crandall
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Bill Saul
Alvys Maben Alvys Maben ... Joan Merrill
Russell Napier ... Insp. Treherne
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Jennie
David King-Wood David King-Wood ... Sessions
Jeremy Hawk ... Sgt. Johnson
Patricia Owens ... Blonde (as Pat Owens)
Jack Taylor Jack Taylor ... Brownie
Kim Mills Kim Mills ... Roddy
Owen Evans Owen Evans ... Redhead
Philip Lennard Philip Lennard ... Medical Examiner
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Philip Vickers mysteriously reappears to his wife and friends during a party at her upscale country estate after an absence of four years. He had been presumed dead after he disappeared on a fishing trip in Portugal with three friends. He was knocked unconscious and pushed overboard by an unknown assailant. In the interim, he had suffered from amnesia but now has regained his faculties. All the potential suspects, including his wife, are at the party. When one of them is killed, the police are called in, and suspicion for the crime falls on the vengeful Vickers. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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The novel "Stranger At Home" by George Sanders, which this film is based on, was actually ghost-written by Leigh Brackett. An unrelated novel also credited to Sanders, "Crime On My Hands", features Sanders as an amateur detective, similar to his Saint and Falcon characters. That novel was ghost-written by Craig Rice, who wrote two of the Falcon films. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philip Vickers: [to dog] Hello, Coolin, boy. Hello, old boy. You didn't forget, did you, huh?
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Composed by Louis Prima and Bob Miketta
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"Ah, women. They're getting too capable for their own good these days."
18 June 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A man with a rather unfortunate haircut shows up after being missing for three years. Turns out he had amnesia due to a blow on the head and has just recently recovered his memory. He confronts his wife and his friends, convinced one of them tried to kill him three years earlier. On the same night he returns, one of his friends winds up murdered and bad haircut guy is the prime suspect.

Talky, mostly dull mystery from Hammer with the added appeal of having Paulette Goddard in it. This is called a film noir by some but frankly I don't see it. Sometimes it seems every movie involving murder or sex from the '40s and '50s is labeled film noir. There has to be a more specific meaning than that. For me there is and this doesn't fit my definition. Anyway, the biggest draw to this is Paulette Goddard. She's fine, as is the rest of the cast, but nothing to write home about. She was in her forties at this time and still looked good but that is NOT her on the movie poster and DVD cover. She does not appear in this movie scantily clad in lingerie. Sorry! Oh, and for some reason they tried to pass this off as being written by the actor George Sanders, when it was actually written by Leigh Brackett. Not sure why the deception. Were audiences in 1954 really craving George Sanders or something?


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Language:

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Release Date:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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