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I See a Dark Stranger, Movie, 1946 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • L'étrange aventurière (France)
  • Agente nemico (Italy)
  • The Adventuress (USA)

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DidierF FR

2014-10-20 05:38

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"by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat & Wolfgang Wilhelm" say the opening credits. "Drama / Thriller / War" are the IMDb tags. They forget "Comedy". Because this is a hotch-potch. A steamy and pleasant one.

A stubborn and fiercely anti-Brit Irish virgin choose her way in the war: she has to spy for nazi Germany. You see, it's serious stuff, when you know that the part is played by Deborah Kerr who was already a brand new star in Britain at the time of the filming. (Well, actually, the war was already over and won at this time, so the risk was a bit lesser.)

Nevertheless, the mixing between anguish, suspens, in a noirish atmosphere
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sustained by very cool villains
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(David Ward n the right, and the great Raymond Huntley on the left)

in a hitchcockian way (I read that Launder & Gilliat wrote The Lady Vanishes) is surprisingly mixed with a romance developing as a real romance—Trevor Howard to make the trick—and with many comic relieves of many sorts, among them a rather slapstick fight in the end.

It's quite curious, and quite entertaining. Very pleasing, actually. Have a look at this British film,

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at least for the radiant presence of Deborah Kerr.

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And nice out-door scenes in Devon, Dublin, Isle of Man and County Louth.
… I wonder if this could have been already some tourist product placement…

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