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I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, War | 5 August 1946 (UK)
A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

Frank Launder (by), Sidney Gilliat (by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William G. O'Gorman William G. O'Gorman ... Danny Quilty (as W. O'Gorman)
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Uncle Joe
Liam Redmond ... Uncle Timothy
Deborah Kerr ... Bridie Quilty
Kathleen Murphy Kathleen Murphy ... First Irishwoman
Josephine Fitzgerald Josephine Fitzgerald ... Second Irishwoman
Eddie Golden Eddie Golden ... Terence Delaney
Marie Ault ... Mrs. O'Mara
Raymond Huntley ... J. Miller
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Galley Guide
Brefni O'Rorke ... Michael O'Callaghan
John Salew John Salew ... Man in Bookshop
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Grandfather
Olga Lindo Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Edwards
Trevor Howard ... David Baynes
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Storyline

Determined, independent Bridie Quilty comes of age in 1944 Ireland thinking all Englishmen are devils. Her desire to join the IRA meets no encouragement, but a German spy finds her easy to recruit. We next find her working in a pub near a British military prison, using her sex appeal in the service of the enemy. But chance puts a really vital secret into her hands, leading to a chase involving Bridie, a British officer who's fallen for her, a German agent unknown to them both, and the police...paralleled by Bridie's own internal conflicts. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She is the Prey...

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventuress See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wexford, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When David takes Bridie for a walk on their first date, she is wearing a plain dress in the initial wide shot but a striped dress in the closeups. See more »

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[Bridie's thoughts as she sizes up her compartment-mate on a train.]
Bridie Quilty: His hair is going grey, but it looks very nice the way he has it brushed. He's a faraway look in his eyes... a poet maybe. No, he's much too clean. And he puts his trousers under the mattress like Terence Delaney. Hasn't he the lovely nails? He's a gentleman, I think. I don't like being alone with a strange man at this time of night. He doesn't look that sort of man, of course, but how can you tell? Mr. McGee didn't look that ...
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Soundtracks

Kelly the Boy from Killane
Irish folk song
Sung by the men in the pub
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Very good, though slightly marred by a silly ending
25 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an interesting story about a young Irish woman who hates the British, so she's interested in becoming a spy for "the other guys" during WWII. She seems to know nothing about the Germans or what they stand for--she just knows that, as an Irishwoman, she hates the Brits and wants to help anyone they are fighting. Because her logic seems so simplistic, she seems very naive. However, despite this, she does get involved, somewhat by chance, in a German spy ring.

How this all works out and her eventual revelation about what and why she was doing this make this a very interesting film. Also, an improbable but interesting romance that occurs with a British officer is pretty interesting. Overall, it's a very good drama and very original, but I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes of the film. While it had been a straight drama, the fight scene between the Brit and the spies really seemed slapstick inspired and just didn't fit the overall style of the film. Still, it's a relatively minor quibble and this still is a nice film--with a particularly good performance by a young Deborah Kerr.


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