Three Strangers

Overview

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, three strangers make a pact before a small statue of the Chinese goddess of Destiny. The strangers are Crystal Shackleford Geraldine Fitzgerald, married to a wealthy philanderer; Jerome Artbutny Sidney Greenstreet, an outwardly respectable judge; and Johnny West Peter Lorre, a seedy sneak thief. The threesome agree to purchase a sweepstakes ticket and share whatever winnings might accrue. Alas, the pact brings little more than misfortune for all concerned. Jerome steals funds ...
See more details below
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (7) from $13.00   
  • New (7) from $13.00   

Overview

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, three strangers make a pact before a small statue of the Chinese goddess of Destiny. The strangers are Crystal Shackleford Geraldine Fitzgerald, married to a wealthy philanderer; Jerome Artbutny Sidney Greenstreet, an outwardly respectable judge; and Johnny West Peter Lorre, a seedy sneak thief. The threesome agree to purchase a sweepstakes ticket and share whatever winnings might accrue. Alas, the pact brings little more than misfortune for all concerned. Jerome steals funds from a client, then kills Crystal with the goddess statue! when she refuses to hand over her sweepstakes winnings. Johnny and his girlfriend Icy Joan Lorring decide to abandon their life of crime, but when it is revealed that the ticket is a winner, he sets fire to it to avoid having his name tied to the crime. If it seems strange that Peter Lorre ends up the romantic lead in Three Strangers, remember that the film's director, Jean Negulesco, thought Lorre was the finest actor who ever lived--and as a result, he fought tooth and nail with Warner Bros. to cast Lorre in this film.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Jean Negulesco's Three Strangers was obviously made, in part, as an effort to emulate the successful elements of Val Lewton's horror/fantasy films at RKO, as well as the linked anthology structure of Dead of Night (and such earlier efforts of that sort as If I Had A Million and Tales of Manhattan). That it succeeds is a tribute to its somewhat simpler story (courtesy of John Huston and Howard Koch) and the excellence of its cast, most especially Peter Lorre, working against type as the romantic lead. In a role that might more conventionally have gone to Charles Boyer, Lorre proves both sympathetic and convincingly attractive to women, while retaining a certain wry wit to his work. Sydney Greenstreet is over the top in a part written precisely that way, and Geraldine Fitzgerald is fine as a woman haunted -- ultimately, to death -- by bargains and choices she has made in life. Negulesco's stylized, fast-paced visual narrative style is just off-kilter enough to keep the viewer in suspense as to what waits behind each edit and dissolve. And the entire piece makes for a neat piece of thriller story-telling, of the sort that anticipates what we would come to expect weekly from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone etc. a dozen or so years later.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • UPC: 883316574713
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,401

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sydney Greenstreet Jerome K. Arbutny
Peter Lorre Johnny West
Geraldine Fitzgerald Crystal Shackleford
Joan Lorring Icy
Robert Shayne Fallon
Marjorie Riordan Janet
Arthur Shields Prosecutor
Rosalind Ivan Rhea Beladon
John Alvin Junior Clerk
Peter Whitney Gabby
Alan Napier David Shackleford
Clifford Brooke Senior Clerk
Benny Burt
Alec Craig
Leslie Denison
Holmes Herbert
Keith Hitchcock
Leyland Hodgson
Olaf Hytten
Colin Kenny
Connie Leon
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Proctor
Stanley Logan Maj. Beach
Reginald Sheffield
Eric Wilton
Ian Wolfe
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
John Huston Original Story, Screenwriter
Howard Koch Screenwriter
Wolfgang Reinhardt Producer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Smith Art Director
Clarence I. Steensen Set Decoration/Design
Perc Westmore Makeup
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously