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talk about a stranger
- kevin sellers
Sorry Eddie M but if this movie is a noir then I'm the fourth McGuire sister. Bestowing that status upon it 'cause of John Alton's admittedly haunting cinematography is like calling "Billy Budd" a "sailor noir" 'cause it stars Robert Ryan. Still, there is much to admire in this short, odd film where the first half is your standard Disney boy/dog pic and the really weird second half is best described as "Boo Radley meets Psycho". Aside from Alton's unsettling, if striking, imagery you have, through Margaret Fitts' fine screenplay adaptation of Charlotte Armstrong's story, a wonderful portrait of a semi rural Calif. town that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the one in "Shadow Of A Doubt", populated as it is by aggressive children and gossipy adults. You also have direction from someone I've never heard of before named David Bradley that is nicely poised between the creepy and the sentimental while never going overboard into either category. And finally you have strong performances from all the lead actors, especially Billy Gray giving one of the better 50s child acting turns you'll ever see (not Dean Stockwell, but close), George Muphy doing a good job of playing a good dad, and Nancy Davis portraying a character who is the polar opposite of her real life persona. So let's give this non noir B pic a solid B.
- Patrick Keenan
Note to Eddie Muller- Because John Alton was the cinematographer does not make a film a film noir nor a ' near noir' not ven a 'noir or not' . I agree with the previous criticisms.And add this- TALK ABOUT A STRANGER. is a film twee.More fitting for a Hallmark Special. Muller's brain has gotten as soft as Bigelow's belly. If Muller was walking near Noir Alley, Neville Brand would spot him for an easy mark and rob him of all the 'noir' accessories he's a huckster for. Eddie show some real noir like the seldom seen THE SCAVENGERS
not worthy of Noir Alley
This movie is so uneven. Characters are inconsistent. Gaps in plot to drive a convoy of oil tank trucks through. Billy Gray's character is ultimately annoying in every scene. Only good move the crew made was to minimize Nancy Davis' part.
This film has some good character actors (including Lewis Stone who played Andy Hardy's father in so many movies) but the plot is just awful. it would not make a good middle school play. The actors are two dimensional. The story is painfully predictable and simple. The obvious blindness of the community members is hateful. The feeble attempt at some sort of moralistic conclusion is ineffective at best and laughable at worst. The kid, played by Billy Gray, downshifts from neighborhood tyrant to all American boy in about thirty seconds. And the cheery final moments and ludicrous closing music following so many dark and creepy scenes are each like hitting a wall at a speed of 80 mph. And how does TCM think this is film noir?
This movie is annoying...
Billy Gray does nothing but yell, run, and bang on things through the whole thing.
Talk about Strange????
- Mingo Floyd
As for a Film Noir this is somewhat laughable, this does;nt even come close to being a noir epic, not when you compare it to such notables as The Bad Seed or even the Childrens Hour. This film is lacking in empathy for such a precocious kid who seems to have a juxta positioning as to who is the Parents and which is the child.Everything they tell him not to do , HE DOES..I was hoping he would disappear. But I digress Mr Muller I am disappointed when I think of Noir genre I have visions of Smoking Rods, Tawdry Dames and Marauding Manhunts.This reminded me of Lassie. To think I waited up till Midnite when allk of Gotham is sleeping except for its notorious Underbelly to witness a profile of a boy and his dog makes me think that you're actually sipping Tea in that glass and not the swill that passes for gin made up in yesterdays Bathtub. I part with these words Is This the END of FILM NOIR as we know it? Say it AIN:T SO.Sincerely yours...Mingo Carlos ( Pretty Boy) FLOYD!!!!!
I Loved this Movie
- Judy DeGraff
I caught this movie half way through, as the guide said an Abbot and Costello movie was on. This is such a special movie, loved Billy Gray and his emotions. I also love small dogs, and this dog was so special! I am surprised I have never heard of or seen this movie before, as I am truly a TCM fan!
talk about a stranger
what a terrible movie. the new neihbour is in maybe 3 scenes. we know nothingabout him, and yet the kid acts so quickly with no evidence that he is guilty for thedeath. i am no writer, but would be nice if they built up the tension a little longer.