Love from a Stranger (1947 film)

Love from a Stranger is a 1947 American historical film noir directed by Richard Whorf and starring John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney.[2] The film is also known as A Stranger Walked In in the United Kingdom. It is based on the play of the same title by Frank Vosper, inspired by a short story by Agatha Christie, which had previously been turned into a 1937 British film Love from a Stranger starring Basil Rathbone.

Love from a Stranger
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Whorf
Screenplay byPhilip MacDonald
Based onthe play Love from a Stranger
the short-story "Philomel Cottage"
by Frank Vosper
Agatha Christie
Produced byJames J. Geller
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Edited byFred Allen
Music byHans J. Salter
Color processBlack and white
Bryan Foy Productions
Distributed byEagle-Lion Films
Release date
  • November 15, 1947 (1947-11-15) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.1 million[1]


A woman fears her new husband will kill her.



Critical responseEdit

Thomas M. Pryor, the film critic at The New York Times, gave the film a lukewarm review. He wrote, "It may well be that some will find a modicum of excitement in Love From a Stranger. But the average moviegoer is a pretty 'hep' customer and the chances are he will be so far ahead of the story that its climactic scene will explode with all the thunder of a cap pistol."[3]

Critic Craig Butler also had problems with the film, mostly the script. He wrote, "A moderately entertaining mystery flick (the story of which was better served when it was originally filmed in 1937), Love from a Stranger is an adequate but unexciting way to spend an hour and a half or so. Stranger wants to be a clever thriller, and it starts out well. Unfortunately, about halfway through it becomes rather obvious, and so the necessary suspense is simply lacking."[4]


  1. ^ "Eagle-Lion's US Performance Reviewed by Foy in NY", Variety, 19 March 1947 p 13
  2. ^ Love from a Stranger at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. The New York Times, film review, November 28, 1947. Accessed: July 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Butler, Craig. Allmovie by Rovi, film review, no date. Accessed: July 30, 2013.

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