Stranger On The Prowl

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

It had been almost seven years since Muni's last film, ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, and--with COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN (1954) in the interim--it would be another six years before his final movie, THE LAST ANGRY MAN. Made in Italy at Tirrenia Studios with locations in Pisa, Livorno and Taranto, the movie was directed and cowritten by Losey. But alleged leftist...read more

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It had been almost seven years since Muni's last film, ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, and--with COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN (1954) in the interim--it would be another six years before his final movie, THE LAST ANGRY MAN. Made in Italy at Tirrenia Studios with locations in Pisa, Livorno and Taranto,

the movie was directed and cowritten by Losey. But alleged leftist Losey was in the midst of a squabble with the HUAC group, so he used two noms de cinema in order to be able to get distribution in the US The picture took 86 days to shoot. Muni did not like working outside the US and let everyone

know it. He's a bum who has to get away from where he is. In order to secure enough money to book passage on a freighter, he wants to sell his prized possession, a gun. Leaving the country will be illegal, but that doesn't concern him because there are people who want his scalp in Italy. Nobody

cares to purchase the revolver, and he is getting desperate, as well as hungry. He walks into a store and tries to steal a bit of cheese. When the storekeeper, Manson, begins to scream for help, Muni attempts to keep her quiet and accidentally strangles her to death. The murder is seen by waif

Manunta, who takes the opportunity to steal some milk for himself. Manunta decides to team up with Muni. The chase is on and Muni is shot and wounded by police. Then he and Manunta are given shelter by Lorring, who works as a maid in a rich home. Lorring and Muni have a short sexual fling but both

realize that it can't go on. Muni and Manunta leave and the cops are soon on the trail. Muni is eventually killed by the police, and Rossi, Manunta's laundress mother who has been sick with fear for most of the movie, clasps her son in her arms. Though much of the cast is Italian, the picture was

shot in English, although some of the accents are thicker than manicotti and may be lost on US ears. Muni had played a man on the run before when he was a fugitive from a chain gang. This film added nothing to his career. It originally came in at three hours, then was twice edited until this final

cut. We have to believe that there was a great deal more to the script Muni read which caused him to come back to the screen after having been away so long.

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  • Review: It had been almost seven years since Muni's last film, ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, and--with COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN (1954) in the interim--it would be another six years before his final movie, THE LAST ANGRY MAN. Made in Italy at Tirrenia Studios with location… (more)

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