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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.

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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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Storyline

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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One of you here has committed MURDER! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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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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Robin Hood
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Composed by Louis Prima and Bob Miketta
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Paulette Goddard in English thriller.
20 October 2001 | by guil12See all my reviews

Miss Goddard appears with an all English cast in this film noir and turns in a rather good performance. She is low keyed in this but still looks incredible. Most of the English actors aren't well known to American audiences, but, like English actors, they are good at what they do. And Paulette holds her own with a very distinguished supporting cast, as she did with AN IDEAL HUSBAND shot several years before this. The plot is a bit confusing. All about someone returning to find the person who attempted to end their life. Paulette is one of the suspected. This was directed by Terence Fisher, who went on to direct all those Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing horror films [Dracula, Frankenstein] several years later. I give this movie 8 stars for good acting and scenario. And, of course, a chance to see Paulette look so fetching.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unholy Four See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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