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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its earliest documented telecast Saturday 12 August 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). 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 Ein Fremder klopft an (1967) See more »

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Music by Philip Green
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It's Rathbone's show
10 April 2001 | by ahearn02See all my reviews

All right, it creaks a bit, now, and suffers from the staginess which afflicted many if not most British films of this period, but the Agatha Christie plot (with a strong family resemblance to that other hyper-theatrical melodrama, "Gaslight") is gripping, and the necessary claustrophobic atmosphere is established and maintained -- with help from the excellent score from a very youthful Benjamin Britten (I have, by the way, never come across a reference to this early effort in any Britten biography; it is unmentioned in the long article in Grove's Dictionary). Most of all, it's worth seeing for the terrifying performance by Basil Rathbone, which again reminds us what an accomplished and versatile actor was all-but obliterated in his later absorption into Sherlock Holmes. No goalie-mask, no retractile steel claws, no camera-tricks, he scares the pants off you using only an actor's equipment, and you'll never forget his portrayal of a psychotic, obsessive Bluebeard.


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