This week’s mystery movie has been the 1946 film “I See a Dark Stranger,” with Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, Michael Howard, Norman Shelley, Brenda Bruce, Brefni O’Rorke, James Harcourt, Liam Redmond and W. O’Gorman, by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Wolfgang Wilhelm. The film was written and produced by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Production design by David Rawnsley, photographed by Wilkie Cooper, art direction by Norman Arnold and edited by Thelma Myers. Music by William Alwyn, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson. Directed by Frank Launder.
Bosley Crowther, reviewing the film for the New York Times (April 4, 1947) said:
That talent for richly combining melodrama and comedy, which writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat so delightfully displayed in their scripts for Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” and Carol Reed’s “Night Train,” has been deftly applied by those gentlemen to the writing, production and direction of their own film, a British honey entitled “The Adventuress,” which opened at the Victoria yesterday. Since that is a recommendation quite sufficient for lots of folks, we wouldn’t blame you for dropping this paper right now and rushing down to get a seat.”
Grace Kingsley, reviewing the film for the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 26, 1947) said:
Important chiefly because of the outstanding talents and beauty of Heroine Deborah Kerr, J. Arthur Rank’s English production, “The Adventuress,” which opened yesterday at the Esquire Theater, is nevertheless sufficiently exciting to hold any spectator. Perhaps, ironically, the film’s chief fault is to be found in too many close-ups of the star, which at times seem to halt the story action.
“I See a Dark Stranger” is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.90.
“I See a Dark Stranger” was released as “The Adventuress” in the U.S. It opened Dec. 25, 1947, in Los Angeles.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is William G. O’Gorman.
For Tuesday, we have a second mystery gent.
Update: This is Brefni O’Rorke.
For Wednesday, we have two disreputable mystery chaps. They say: “Thursday’s mystery guest will be a cinch.”
Update: Raymond Huntley, left, and David Ward.
For Thursday, our mystery gent has a pint and a pipe.
Update: This is Trevor Howard.
And for Friday, we have the only mystery woman of the week.
Update: This is Deborah Kerr.
Brain Trust roll call: Beachgal (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Sarah (Thursday’s mystery guest), Victor H. Brown (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (Thursday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie/mystery movie’s alternative title, Thursday’s mystery guest), Cindy Cassell (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest, wrong movie), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), LC (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest and Thursday’s mystery guest) and B.J. Merholz (mystery movie).