Affair with a Stranger
|Affair with a Stranger|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roy Rowland|
|Produced by||Robert Sparks|
|Written by||Richard Flournoy|
Mary Jo Tarola
|Music by||Sam Coslow
|Cinematography||Harry J. Wild|
|Editing by||George Amy|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
|Release dates||June 20, 1953|
|Running time||87 minutes|
The film centres on the rumoured marital troubles of a successful playwright. As various people who came into contact with the couple reminisce about the couple's past, the story of the relationship and the budding affair that is potentially destroying it is told through a series of flashbacks.
On a train, playwright Bill Blakeley fends off the romantic flirtations of Janet Boothe, an actress from his play. But when wife Carolyn decides not to join him, Bill makes a dinner date with Janet, who plants a story with a gossip columnist about the Blakeleys possibly heading for a divorce.
Friends and acquaintances begin recalling how the couple met. Carolyn Parker was a fashion model who bought a Toledo, Ohio newspaper each day. Bill pretended to be from Toledo as well to get to know her, only to learn that Carolyn's actually from England and has been buying the papers for a neighbor.
After their marriage, Bill's struggles to find work, combined with his gambling, force Carolyn to support them. He finally takes a job as a waiter and slips a copy of a manuscript to a customer, a producer who makes Bill's play a success.
One night, Carolyn must miss the opening of a play because she is having a baby. The child dies and she can have no more. Bill is as supportive in her hour of need as she had been in his.
Concerned that he might be vulnerable to an ambitious actress, however, Janet takes the next train to New York. She runs into Bill at the station and into his arms.
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