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Strange Intruder (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 September 1956 (USA)
When a soldier is killed in action during the Korean War, his best friend returns home to fill his dying wish that he kill his two children if they are being raised by another man.


Irving Rapper


Warren Douglas (screenplay), David Evans (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Edmund Purdom ... Paul Quentin
Ida Lupino ... Alice Carmichael
Ann Harding ... Mary Carmichael
Jacques Bergerac ... Howard Gray
Gloria Talbott ... Meg Carmichael
Carl Benton Reid ... James Carmichael
Douglas Kennedy ... Parry Sandborn
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Dr. Adrian Carmichael
Ruby Goodwin Ruby Goodwin ... Annie, Alice's maid
Marjorie Bennett ... Jodie, Carmichaels' maid
Mimi Gibson ... Libby Carmichael
Eric Anderson Eric Anderson ... Johnny Carmichael
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During the Korean War, two Americans are held in a North Korean POW camp. One is Dr. Adrian Carmichael and has a wonderful family waiting for him back home in the US. The other, Paul Quentin, has no family waiting for him. The two American POWs are best friends and survive the harsh treatment in Communist captivity by swapping stories from their past. Adrian has told Paul so much about his family that Paul feels as if he has known Adrian's folks all his life. From Adrian's stories, Paul knows every little detail about Adrian's past life, about his marriage to Alice, about his two small children, about his parental home, about his parents and neighbors. Adrian also shows Paul photographs of his family members, thus aiding Paul in having a clearer image of Adrian's life and loved ones. Unfortunately, among the few letters Adrian is allowed to receive inside the POW camp is a recent one, sent by his wife, informing him that she has fallen in-love with another man, named Howard Gray, and ... Written by nufs68

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STRANGE...his twisted passions! SHOCKING...her dark sins! FEARSOME...the evil path they follow!


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a campy Sirkish "Night of the Hunter", Poverty row style
20 March 2002 | by Clarence AbernathySee all my reviews

Director Irving Rapper had seen much better days (remember "Now Voyager" or "Menagerie of Glass"?) when he worked on the mise en scène of this quite bizarre flick. It starts as a war movie in a Korean torture camp, then switches to poverty-ridden melodrama, Peyton Place and Douglas Sirk style (even Gloria Talbott from "All that heaven allows" is here!), to end up as a cheap thrill version of "Night of the Hunter". There's plenty of incredible action and silly dialogue in this story about a young Korean vet who returns to fulfil a promise he gave to a dying comrade: to kill his kids in order to spare them a life with some stepfather if his wife/widow should marry again. And so a man has to do what he's gotta do. But the kids are such cuties (and so is their mom)and melodramatic effects come rising. Technically well crafted and thoroughly entertaining in spite of the crappy story, this is a must-see for bad movie aficionados!

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2 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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