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Finger of Guilt (1956)

The Intimate Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 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


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Basehart ... 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 (as Andre Mikhelson)
David Lodge ... Police Sgt. Brown
Basil Dignam ... Dr. Gray
Grace Denbeigh-Russell Grace Denbeigh-Russell ... Mrs. Lynton


Reggie Wilson, a former Film Editor in Hollywood, left in a scandal in, as a ladies man, sleeping with the wrong woman. Wanting to stay in the business, he eventually moved to London to try and restart. Working up through the ranks at Commonwealth Pictures, Reggie was ultimately made Executive Producer at the studio by the studio chief, Ben Case, who, upon Reggie's ascension, is now more the studio figurehead. And while some have labeled the move more one to assume power, Reggie also married Ben's daughter, Lesley, in he trying to put his past behind him in truly loving her. He is working on what is arguably the biggest picture of his career, Eclipse - one that Ben admittedly has little faith in in he seeing it as being overblown - and as such calls in a favor from an old friend, Hollywood actress Kay Wallace, a former lover who would admit that the prospect of starting up again with Reggie was as much a draw in coming to London as working on the picture itself. It was about the time ... Written by Huggo

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MOVIE MAKER ON THE SPOT! (original U.S. print ad - all caps)


Drama | Film-Noir


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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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Letters from an unknown woman
29 August 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Or is she ? Because she claims that the hero ,a married man who works as an executive in a film production company ,was her lover before ; she sends letter ,urging him to do something before ... before she takes her own life? Or does she want a hefty sum of money? Or is it pure vengeance ?

Wilson does not remember at all ,or is he starting to lose his mind? Or is it he who pulls the strings?

Generally ,women are subject to this kind of strange conspiracy , so as to drive them insane ; as for men ,it's rare ,hence the main originality of "the intimate stranger" aka " finger of guilt" .

The story is rather gripping , Richard Basehart gives an ambiguous performance (he may pretend ,after all) ,and Mary Murphy recalls the woman with an angel face ,a la Jean Simmons .

The film is rather talky ,and ,though it's not based on a play ,most of the action could be performed on stage ;only the last scenes have got something of cinema , but the final trick was borrowed ,among others, from Kazan's " a face in the crowd".

Fine acting and a story which holds water,but listless directing.

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English | French

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$125,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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