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Talk About a Stranger is a 1952 American film noir directed by David Bradley and starring George Murphy, Nancy Davis and Billy Gray.[2] The motion picture was shot by noted cinematographer John Alton, A.S.C.

Talk About a Stranger
Talk About a Stranger poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Bradley
Produced byRichard Goldstone
Screenplay byMargaret Fitts
Based onthe story "The Enemy"
by Charlotte Armstrong
StarringGeorge Murphy
Nancy Davis
Billy Gray
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byNewell P. Kimlin
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 18, 1952 (1952-04-18) (United States)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$375,000[1]



The picture tells the story of Bud Fontaine Jr. (Billy Gray), who takes an instant dislike of Matlock, a strange new neighbor in town (Kurt Kasznar).

After his dog turns up dead by poison, Bud blames the stranger and sets off a campaign to smear his name and spread vicious rumors about him.

His parents (George Murphy and Nancy Davis) can't seem to handle the boy. After Bud endangers the crops in the valley by his vandalism of the neighbor's oil tank, and is told the dog was killed by eating poisoned meat meant for coyotes, Bud comes to realize that people are not always what they appear to be.



According to MGM records the film earned $278,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $97,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $276,000 despite its low cost.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Talk About a Stranger on IMDb

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