Love From A Stranger

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

This unconvincing variation on the story of the infamous mass murderer Bluebeard (aka Henri-Desire Landru) stars John Hodiak in an all-too-obvious portrayal of the killer, here named Manuel Cortez. Having killed a number of previous wives, Cortez chooses as his next victim the young and innocent Cecily Harrington (Sidney) after she wins a hefty London lottery....read more

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This unconvincing variation on the story of the infamous mass murderer Bluebeard (aka Henri-Desire Landru) stars John Hodiak in an all-too-obvious portrayal of the killer, here named Manuel Cortez. Having killed a number of previous wives, Cortez chooses as his next victim the young and

innocent Cecily Harrington (Sidney) after she wins a hefty London lottery. She falls for his charms, but soon realizes his true nature, turning to her friend Mavia (Richards) and her daffy Auntie Loo-Loo (Elsom) for help, and eventually receiving it from her former suitor (Howard). LOVE FROM A

STRANGER was further proof that Sylvia Sidney's once-monumental popularity had slid to an irretrievable low, though she did all she could with the material and turned in the film's finest performance. Splitting her energy between stage and film, she was relegated to appearing in low-budget,

small-studio quickies like this one. LOVE FROM A STRANGER was filmed previously in England in 1937, and also was presented on the stage, starring its adaptor, Frank Vosper, in the role of the maniacal killer. The play's successful first run in England led to a dreadful opening in New York. Vosper

headed back for England via ship, but mysteriously vanished. Some time later his body washed up on the coast of France.

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