The Stranger Came Home
A poster for the film bearing its American title: The Unholy Four
Directed byTerence Fisher
Written byMichael Carreras
Produced byMichael Carreras
StarringPaulette Goddard
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Music byLeonard Salzedo
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Release date
9 August 1954
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office11,349 admissions (France)[1]

A Stranger Came Home, released in the United States under the title The Unholy Four, is a 1954 British film noir.[2] It was based on the 1946 novel Stranger at Home, which was credited to film actor George Sanders but was actually ghostwritten by Leigh Brackett. It was directed by Terence Fisher and stars American actress Paulette Goddard.[3]

Plot

Four friends go on a fishing trip but only three return. After an absence of four years, the fourth man, Philip Vickers, returns home an amnesiac. He tells of a "friend" who knocked him out, drugged him, and left him to die. Any one of the remaining men could be a suspect as Job Crandall, Bill Saul and Harry Bryce are all interested in Philip's attractive widow, Angie. Unfortunately, Philip's return coincides with a murder and he becomes the main suspect. Angie joins forces with her husband to help solve the mystery and clear his name.

Cast

Paulette Goddard in a publicity shot for A Stranger Came Home.
Paulette Goddard in a publicity shot for A Stranger Came Home.

Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "A THIRD-RATE British-made whodunit called The Unholy Four, featuring Paulette Goddard and a nondescript cast...A few more fly-by-nights like this Lippert presentation, produced and written by Michael Carreras, and the still-shapely Miss Goddard may find herself collecting the pieces of a career";[4] Leonard Maltin called it "Muddled";[5] whereas Allmovie called it a "suspenseful drama."[6]

References

  1. ^ Box office information for Terence Fisher films in France at Box office Story
  2. ^ "The Stranger Came Home". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ Allen Eyles. "The Stranger Came Home". RadioTimes.
  4. ^ "Movie Review - Stranger Came Home - The Screen in Review; 'Unholy Four' Followed on the Palace Bill by 'A Street Cat Named Sylvester'". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "The Unholy Four (1954) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  6. ^ "The Unholy Four (1954) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.