Love From a Stranger (37)

oregan
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August 26th, 2018, 5:10 pm #1

I watched this British production for the first time last night. It stars Basil Rathbone and Ann Harding. While it’s not a great film, it was, for me at least, riveting for one reason - Rathbone. His performance here is amazing. I was genuinely surprised. It did border on the ham at times, but always stayed short of it. He is twitching insanity itself here.
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August 29th, 2018, 7:55 am #2

This film shouldn't have been longer than about 45 minutes. After all, it's based on a short story. The first part of the film wasn't needed.

It gets good once the newlyweds arrive at the isolated home. 

Rathbone is perfect as the hubby. Some people have called his performance hammy, but I think he was just right. I've always preferred him as a bad boy rather than as....well, as Sherlock Holmes. He had a good voice for playing an evil character.

I read somewhere that Agatha Christie liked Joan Hickson's performance in this movie and she (Christie) said that Hickson will make a good Miss Marple someday. If this really happened, then Agatha Christie was right on about Hickson.
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Wich2
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August 29th, 2018, 2:24 pm #3

E., here's your "pithy version" - with Geraldine Fitzgerald and Orson Welles:

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/t ... 1943-10-07
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September 1st, 2018, 7:40 am #4

Oh yes, I've heard that one.

I especially like Orson Welles in the 1930s radio play The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in which he plays both Hercule Poirot and Dr. Sheppard.
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September 1st, 2018, 2:26 pm #5

Clint Eastwood could have done it better.
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Wich2
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September 1st, 2018, 4:58 pm #6

Touche, blu.

(No blood drawn, but good try!)
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