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|I See a Dark Stranger|
Actors: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, Michael Howard, Norman Shelley
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
No Description Available. Genre: Mystery Rating: UN Release Date: 21-JAN-2003 Media Type: DVD
Fun thriller from a classic British era
Michael Gebert | Chicago, IL USA | 07/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliatt specialized in smart, witty, quintessentially British thrillers of the sort that made Hitchcock's name-- and not only did they write one of Hitchcock's first big successes, The Lady Vanishes, Gilliatt really invented the minigenre of the droll train-based thriller with 1932's Rome Express while Hitchcock was still learning his trade. (After The Lady Vanishes they wrote its sort-of-sequel, Night Train to Munich, which I for one think is even better.) Deborah Kerr stars as an Irish lass with stars in her eyes for the Irish cause, which get her caught in the intrigues of a Nazi spy (the scarily cold Raymond Huntley). It was Kerr's breakthrough performance (and one that may seem familiar since Maureen O'Hara copies it closely in The Quiet Man). Especially compared with today's sub-Republic-serial action films, the suspense scenes are well thought out and present believable problems (how DO you get rid of a body from the second floor of an inn in a small town where everyone knows you?), and the comic touches (note the surreal "twin" bureaucrats) are sharply observed.The presence of Trevor Howard as a light romantic lead in this film reminds us that as British thrillers got more serious after the war-- in such films as The Third Man, The Clouded Yellow and They Made Me a Fugitive, all starring Howard and making use of his dour, seen-awful-things-in-wartime manner-- Launder and Gilliatt weren't really capable of following. But when it comes to amusingly British, skillfully exciting entertainments in the 1930s and 1940s, they were first-rate and deserve to be better remembered."
A War-Time Thriller That's Romantic and Funny
C. O. DeRiemer | San Antonio, Texas, USA | 10/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of a series of first-rate British movies Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat wrote and, in a number of cases, directed starting in the 1930s.
Deborah Kerr plays Bridie Quilty, a young Irish woman who was brought up to despise the British. Its 1944 and Ireland has stayed neutral in WWII. When she reaches her majority she is determined to join the IRA and fight against the Brits. She travels to Dublin to seek out the IRA and is rebuffed, but is recruited by, unknown to her, a German spy. Raymond Huntley, a great English character actor, plays the spy. He has her finding out information as a worker in a pub, next to a British army base just across the border. Unexpectedly, she meets a young Army offficer (Trevor Howard) who is in counter-intelligence, and then comes across a great secret which, she is told, must be delivered to an agent she thinks is fighting against the Brits on behalf of the Irish, but is actually a sleeper Nazi. Bridie's adventures are many, some romantic (although she can't stand the idea of falling for a British officer), some funny, some dangerous. The conclusion, where if Bridie is caught on the Northern Ireland side of the border she'll be hanged, but if she can cross the border to Ireland she'll be safe, is a nice little drama of its own. It causes a quandry of conscience for Howard, and is resolved neatly.
This is a charming and expertly made movie. Deborah Kerr, at 24, brings glowing naivete to the part. After Kerr made this and Black Narcissus (1947), she was off to the USA.
Launder and Gilliat's films read like a roster of quality and craftsmanship. Among them are The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich, The Rake's Progress, Green for Danger, The Belles of St. Trinian's, The Green Man, Geordie and Young Mr. Pitt. Except for The Lady Vanishes, none are out on DVD in the U.S. and should be."
Great humor plus mystery
Margaret Macfarland | 09/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"saw it on tv. bought it next day. great movie for a dark windy night. all british, great old inns, tea, murder, just enjoy a 1940.s movie that you can re-watch and still enjoy. deborah kerr as a very young lady, wanting to do the best for her counrty but knowing somethings very wrong....and off we go..won't say anymore, but buy and enjoy."
A Little Enthusiasm Can Be a Terrible Thing
Einar | boston | 04/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deborah Kerr is wonderful in an early role as a mislead patriotic young thing willing to sign up as an agent for the IRA. That face, those eyes, her wonderful expressive eyes...ah, there I go again. Anyway, if you love D. you'll adore this war-era piece that just gives you a peek at what is to come in the future of this wonderful actress."