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A Night of Terror (1937)

Love from a Stranger (original title)
A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Frank Vosper (from the play by), Agatha Christie (based on a short story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Carol Howard
Basil Rathbone ... Gerald Lovell
Binnie Hale Binnie Hale ... Kate Meadows
Bruce Seton ... Ronald Bruce
Jean Cadell ... Aunt Lou
Bryan Powley Bryan Powley ... Dr. Gribble
Joan Hickson ... Emmy
Donald Calthrop ... Hobson
Eugene Leahy Eugene Leahy ... Mr. Tuttle
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Storyline

Carol wins the lottery, but unfortunately her sudden wealth leads to a disagreement with her fiancé Ronald, and the two break up. Carol quickly falls in love with the romantic and mysterious Gerald, and marries him despite the warnings of her friends. It is not long before Carol begins to see that Gerald is disturbed and perhaps even dangerous, and she soon realizes that she is in great peril. Written by Snow Leopard

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How much do you know about the man you love? See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night of Terror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This movie was banned from public showing in Sweden by the Swedish Censorship Board in June 1937. Censorship number 55.945. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Lovell: But then most women are fools.
Carol Howard: You think so?
Gerald Lovell: I don't think, I know. Born fools! And women's weakness is man's opportunity.
[Looks quizzically at her]
Gerald Lovell: Did someone write that? Or did I think of it myself? If I did, it's good. It's very good.
[laughs]
Gerald Lovell: 'Women's weakness is men's opportunity'.
Carol Howard: [Placatingly] You do have exceptional insight into things.
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Version of Love from a Stranger (1938) See more »

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Music by Philip Green
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LOVE FROM A STRANGER (Rowland V. Lee, 1937) ***
12 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Interesting British-made suspenser - from an Agatha Christie story, no less - which feels quite dated today due to the low budget and a rather slow pace (though the atrocious condition in which it's available doesn't help matters any!), but survives nevertheless by virtue of its excellent leading performances.

I've watched Ann Harding in only a few other films - most notably PETER IBBETSON (1935) - but, even if she has been largely forgotten, here again she proves her standing as one of the unsung actresses of her time. Basil Rathbone relishes his role as the suave murderer and the latter stages of the film allow him to go into all-out hysterics in much the same way (and under the same director!) as he would, memorably, in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939); in fact, the last 15 minutes create a genuinely electrifying tension that are basically the film's raison d'etre.

Rowland V. Lee has perhaps never been a highly regarded film-maker but, from what little I've seen of his work, he was a reasonably efficient craftsman and, given promising material, he always turned in a quality product (the two films of his I would most love to catch up with are the definitive screen version of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO [1934] and TOWER OF London [1939], yet another Rathbone collaboration).


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