The Stranger's Hand

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

British novelist Graham Greene was well known for his mystery thrillers, but this film adaptation (produced by Greene) fails to deliver the suspenseful goods. A British intelligence agent has not seen his son in four years and arranges a meeting in Venice. However, he doesn't show up; the kid, while waiting, gets a call from his dad breaking the appointment....read more

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British novelist Graham Greene was well known for his mystery thrillers, but this film adaptation (produced by Greene) fails to deliver the suspenseful goods. A British intelligence agent has not seen his son in four years and arranges a meeting in Venice. However, he doesn't show up;

the kid, while waiting, gets a call from his dad breaking the appointment. Valli, a hotel receptionist, takes pity on the kid and talks her American boy friend, Basehart, into helping him out. It turns out the father, Howard, had spotted a colleague who was dazed and in trouble. Coming to his aid,

he was himself captured and drugged. Basehart takes up the search for Howard after the police come up emptyhanded, but the villains have done such a good job of tranquilizing their captives that even the son doesn't recognize his father. The drugged agents are taken on a boat bound for behind the

Iron Curtain. Since the police have no jurisdiction there, Basehart hides on board and starts a fire, getting the attention of the authorities, who free the prisoners.

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