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I See a Dark Stranger [DVD] [1946]

Deborah Kerr , Trevor Howard , Frank Launder    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, Michael Howard
  • Directors: Frank Launder
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SNHBVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Frank Launder and written by Sidney Gilliat, I See A Dark Stranger is a suspense-filled, highly entertaining spy drama about a highly-strung Irish girl, Bridie Quilty (Deborah Kerr) whose father delights in spinning tall tales about his role in the 1916 uprising against the English. When Bridie comes of age she decides to leave her rural home and seek out the IRA, but she unwittingly falls in with a German spy called Miller (Raymond Huntley), believing that he is part of the IRA. Miller recruits Bridie and finds her a job working in a sleepy village pub near a British military prison. But when British Army Officer David Byrne (Trevor Howard) arrives in the village to recuperate, he falls in love with the quarrelsome Bridie. Suspicious that Byrne is an intelligence officer Miller decides that Byrne needs to be eliminated and asks Bridie to help him…

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A war-time thriller that's romantic and funny 27 July 2007
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is one of a series of first-rate British movies Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat wrote and, in a number of cases, directed starting in the 1930s.

Deborah Kerr plays Bridie Quilty, a young Irish woman who was brought up to despise the British. Its 1944 and Ireland has stayed neutral in WWII. When she reaches her majority she is determined to join the IRA and fight against the Brits. She travels to Dublin to seek out the IRA and is rebuffed, but is recruited by, unknown to her, a German spy. Raymond Huntley, a great English character actor, plays the spy. He has her finding out information as a worker in a pub, next to a British army base just across the border. Unexpectedly, she meets a young Army offficer (Trevor Howard) who is in counter-intelligence, and then comes across a great secret which, she is told, must be delivered to an agent she thinks is fighting against the Brits on behalf of the Irish, but is actually a sleeper Nazi. Bridie's adventures are many, some romantic (although she can't stand the idea of falling for a British officer), some funny, some dangerous. The conclusion, where if Bridie is caught on the Northern Ireland side of the border she'll be hanged, but if she can cross the border to Ireland she'll be safe, is a nice little drama of its own. It causes a quandry of conscience for Howard, and is resolved neatly.

This is a charming and expertly made movie. Deborah Kerr, at 24, brings glowing naivete to the part. After Kerr made this and Black Narcissus (1947), she was off to the USA.

Launder and Gilliat's films read like a roster of quality and craftsmanship. Among them are The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich, The Rake's Progress, Green for Danger, The Belles of St. Trinian's, The Green Man, Geordie and Young Mr. Pitt. Except for The Lady Vanishes, none are out on DVD in the U.S. and should be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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_I See a Dark Stranger_ is a superior B&W British film from 1946, with an underlying message of forgiveness for some of the less hard-boiled Irish Republicans (they had collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War). It's very well made, with superb lighting that successfully transpants film noir to rural Ireland and the British mainland. The casting is perfect, especially Trevor Howard. The supporting bit-part actors are all spot-on in costume, faces, and acting. The scenes are all perfectly presented. I don't remember noticing any clunky back-projection, and apart from a few stage-set cliff scenes it all seem to have been filmed on location. The plot is a little pasted-over at times, but the film is more-or-less gripping and cohesive as a spy drama. There are some nicely timed comic touches. The film's print and sound has held up very well, and 'the local colour' on the screen presents us with many fleeting-but-vivid pictures of pub life on the Home Front toward the end of the war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film. Kerr at her most appealing.. 24 April 2013
By Allan W
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Comedy, suspense, romance - what more could one ask? Even the character actors contribute to the credibily and enjoyment experienced.
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