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I See A Dark Stranger / The Adventuress

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.33 /10
Deborah Kerr , Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley
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Directed by: Frank Launder
Written by: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Wolfgang Wilhelm

Released: 1947
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 98


In 1944 an Irishwoman (Deborah Kerr) wants to join the IRA because she hates the British, is gulled into working for the Nazis instead, and falls for a young British naval officer (Trevor Howard).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Not the kind of storyline you might expect in a comedy-thriller, but these writers fashion something memorable and affecting out of it, and (though it seems a bit creaky now) this film was a commercial success. Similar in tone to The Lady Vanishes , another Launder-Gilliat screenplay, this has an intriguing plot with unexpected twists in a style which has come to be identified more with Alfred Hitchcock than with Launder and Gilliat. Deborah Kerr excels in a role which could easily have been unsympathetic.

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