Love from a Stranger

Love from a Stranger

Director: Rowland V. Lee, Ann Harding, Basil Rathbone, Binnie Hale

Cast: Rowland V. Lee, Ann Harding, Basil Rathbone, Binnie Hale

     
 

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Love From a Stranger was adapted from a play by Frank Vosper--which, in turn, was based on a story by Agatha Christie (though you'd never know it from the print ads for this film, which reproduced Ms. Christie's name in microscopic typeset). Ann Harding plays a lovely but somewhat naive young woman who goes on a European vacation after winning a lottery. Swept

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Love From a Stranger was adapted from a play by Frank Vosper--which, in turn, was based on a story by Agatha Christie (though you'd never know it from the print ads for this film, which reproduced Ms. Christie's name in microscopic typeset). Ann Harding plays a lovely but somewhat naive young woman who goes on a European vacation after winning a lottery. Swept off her feet by charming Basil Rathbone, Harding finds herself married before she is fully able to grasp the situation. Slowly but surely, Rathbone's loving veneer crumbles; when he casually asks Harding to sign a document turning her entire fortune over to him, she deduces that her days are numbered. Desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the homicidal Rathbone (without his catching on), Harding foils all of his clever schemes to put her out of the way. The flustered Rathbone finally tips his hand, but by now the tables are turned. Filmed in England, Love From a Stranger would be remade in Hollywood in 1947, with Sylvia Sidney and John Hodiak in the leading roles.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Love From a Stranger is an imperfect but very engaging little thriller. Adapted from an Agatha Christie story, it has many of the hallmarks associated with the writer, although it lacks a central detective character in Poirot or Marple manner. But the screenplay is a lovely little game of cat-and-mouse, with cat and mouse changing roles frequently and to great effect. There's little depth to the goings-on, either in terms of character or theme, which damages the film somewhat, and the first half is somewhat slow going. While this tendency to drag is almost built into the story, director Rowland V. Lee could still have employed a few tricks to alleviate the sluggishness; however, once things get moving they really move, and the last half is enormous fun. Ann Harding and Basil Rathbone are a total delight, with Rathbone especially relishing the chance in the latter part of the film to let go; rarely does one get to witness such an over-the-top performance that still works beautifully. Fans of Rathbone and/or thrillers will have a great time; even non-fans should enjoy themselves if they stick with the film through the first half.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827290529
Original Release:
1937
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
43,254

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