When Strangers Marry by William Castle |Dean Jagger, Kim Hunter, Robert Mitchum | 883316276235 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
When Strangers Marry

When Strangers Marry

Director: William Castle

Cast: Dean Jagger, Kim Hunter, Robert Mitchum

     
 
Betrayed is the reissue title for the classic melodrama When Strangers Marry. In her third film, Kim Hunter plays a waitress who comes to New York to meet her husband Dean Jagger. Kim's marriage was a whirlwind affair, and as a result she barely knows her husband. She soon discovers that Jagger may be involved in a murder -- and that he very well may be

Overview

Betrayed is the reissue title for the classic melodrama When Strangers Marry. In her third film, Kim Hunter plays a waitress who comes to New York to meet her husband Dean Jagger. Kim's marriage was a whirlwind affair, and as a result she barely knows her husband. She soon discovers that Jagger may be involved in a murder -- and that he very well may be a homicidal maniac. Designated by film-historian Don Miller as the finest "B" picture ever made, Betrayed is chock full of superb cinematic touches, courtesy of director William Castle. Best bits include the shot of Kim Hunter staring out her hotel window, her face illuminated by a flashing neon sign, and a "shock cut" straight out of Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. Third-billed Robert Mitchum was elevated to star status on the reissue prints of When Strangers Marry, which unfortunately tended to give away the film's surprise ending; also in the cast in a tiny role is Mitchum's future Out of the Past co-star Rhonda Fleming. One of the most convincing performances is delivered by character actor Lou Lubin, who plays a shaking-in-his-boots murder witness. Filmed in ten days, Betrayed was another box-office winner for the canny King Brothers producing team.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In his later career as a director/producer, William Castle was often accused -- with some justification -- of ripping off Alfred Hitchcock. But even here, at the outset of his career, Castle shows a unique command of the thriller genre, and an ability to do more than move actors around in front of a camera (usually as much as one could expect in a Monogram Pictures production) -- and a thorough knowledge of Hitchcock's bag of tricks as it was known in 1944. In terms of plot, When Strangers Marry (later retitled Betrayed) plays as though someone took the best elements of Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt, and The 39 Steps, plus The Seventh Victim (Kim Hunter's first film) and Val Lewton's overall approach to low-budget production, put them all into a box, shook them up, and spliced them together into this very satisfying whole. Unlike most B-pictures of the period, When Strangers Marry doesn't feel rushed or threadbare, and the acting is spot-on, although Robert Mitchum wasn't yet quite a good enough actor to do what the script demanded of him in the denouement. But Castle sustains the mood of suspense all the way through, and even manages to lighten it in odd ways, including an interlude in Harlem featuring an exceptional dance sequence in a club featuring Marie Bryant, which is not only a beautifully staged and photographed segment but doesn't break the mood of the picture one bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0883316276235
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:07:00
Sales rank:
23,678

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Jagger Paul Dean
Kim Hunter Millie
Robert Mitchum Fred Graham
Neil Hamilton Detective Blake
Lou Lubin Houser
Milt Kibbee Charlie
Dewey Robinson Newsstand Man
Claire Whitney Middle-aged Woman
Edward Keane Middle-Aged Man
Virginia Sale Chambermaid
Dick Elliott Sam Prescott
Lee "Lasses" White Old Man
Weldon Heyburn Actor
George Lloyd Actor
Sam McDaniel Actor
Marta Mitrovich Baby's Mother
Billy Nelson Actor
Minerva Urecal Landlady
Rhonda Fleming Bit Part

Technical Credits
William Castle Director
Clarence Bricker Production Manager
Martin G. Cohn Editor
Dennis Cooper Screenwriter
Frank Fox Asst. Director
Al Greenwood Set Decoration/Design
Maurice King Producer
Frank King Producer
Tom Lambert Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
George Moscov Original Story
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Philip Yordan Screenwriter

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