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The Stranger Came Home (1954)

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The Stranger Came Home

The Stranger Came Home

Also known as:

The Unholy Four (USA)

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A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

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25 Jan 2012, 12:14am

Terence Fisher turns in another workman-like job in this Noir-ish crime drama. Star Paulette Goddard was one of the most beautiful and gifted American actors to work at Hammer during this period. She had been the wife and artistic muse of Charles Chaplin, and starred in several of the later films of Cecil B. DeMille (NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE, UNCONQUERED). Infamously, she had actually won the role of Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND before producer David O. Selznick shocked the world by re-casting the part at the last minute with British actress Vivien Leigh. Goddard's career never fully recovered from the blow, although DeMille consoled her with a similar role in a similar film, REAP THE WILD WIND, with John Wayne and Ray Milland. She was usually cast in dramatic roles despite her deft instinct for sophistocated comedy. Classic Horror fans know and love her as Bob Hope's co-star in THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1939) and THE GHOST BREAKERS (1940).