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Finger of Guilt (1956)

The Intimate Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 17 October 1956 (USA)
A married movie studio executive's life starts to unravel when he is stalked by a seductively beautiful woman he claims he does not know.


Joseph Losey (as Joseph Walton), Alec C. Snowden


Howard Koch




Complete credited cast:
Richard Basehart ... Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson
Mary Murphy ... Evelyn Stewart
Constance Cummings ... Kay Wallace
Roger Livesey ... Ben Case
Faith Brook ... Lesley Wilson
Mervyn Johns ... Ernest Chaple
Vernon Greeves Vernon Greeves ... George Mearns
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Steve Vadney
David Lodge ... Police Sgt. Brown
Basil Dignam ... Dr. Gray
Grace Denbeigh-Russell Grace Denbeigh-Russell ... Mrs. Lynton


A married movie studio executive's life starts to unravel when he is stalked by a seductively beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

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On this film's release, the director credit was given to producer Alec C. Snowden rather than to the (then) blacklisted Joseph Losey. See more »


Ben Case: This is want you wanted, isn't it? Responsibility, running the show? You can't have that without paying the price.
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Joseph Losey Surely Was The Man For A Film About Betrayal In the Film Industry
25 November 2004 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a stylish and engrossing noir. The music seems a bit dated but the use of background sound is inventive and seems to presage Godard's. Is this Joseph Losey's best? No. "Time Without Pity," a year later, is far more powerful and less predictable. Not at all predictable, actually, and this one is. The resolution is not a surprise, exactly, but it is powerfully presented and moving.

Mary Murphy played a good bitch. I haven't seen her in many movies but it seems that she often was cast in this was. Losey uses the clattering of her high heels effectively. Actually, she is not a thoroughly bad character. She feels remorse.

Constance Cummins is excellent as the star imported for the main character's big project. Her helping him out of his predicament is touching. And Richard Basehart: One of the best American actors, he is superb here. He did not win the conventional awards but will long be remembered, if only for his beautiful playing in "La Strada" (and for his mousy pharmacist in what I consider the perfect noir: "Tension.")

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17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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