Stranger in the House (1967 film)
|Stranger in the House|
|Directed by||Pierre Rouve|
|Produced by||Anatole de Grunwald
Dimitri De Grunwald
|Written by||Pierre Rouve
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Ernest Walter|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Stranger In The House is a 1967 crime drama directed and written by Pierre Rouve (from the novel by Georges Simenon), produced by Anatole de Grunwald, and starring James Mason, Geraldine Chaplin, and Bobby Darin. The movie is also known as Cop-Out and is a remake of the 1942 French film Strangers in the House (Les inconnus dans la maison). The film was remade in 1997.
Eric Burdon & The Animals wrote and recorded the song "Ain't That So" for the film.
A retired, scotch-swilling attorney (James Mason) resides in France who disapproved of his daughter's (Geraldine Chaplin) new boy friend (Bobby Darin) but rose to the young man's defense in court when the boy is arrested on a suspicious murder charge.
- James Mason as John Sawyer
- Geraldine Chaplin as Angela Sawyer
- Bobby Darin as Barney Teale
- Paul Bertoya as Jo Christoforides
- Ian Ogilvy as Desmond Flower
- Bryan Stanyon as Peter Hawkins
- Pippa Steel as Sue Phillips
- Clive Morton as Colonel Flower
- Moira Lister as Mrs. Flower
- James Hayter as Harry Hawkins
- Megs Jenkins as Mrs. Christoforides
- Lisa Daniely as Diana Sawyer
- Ivor Dean as Inspector Colder
- Yootha Joyce as Shooting Range Girl
Some critics felt that, although the casting of Chaplin and Darin was meant to appeal to younger audiences, both were nonetheless too old for their characters. Others thought that the title Cop-Out might have worked better (especially with audiences of the 1960s) without its trendy camera work and wearisome generation-gap propaganda.
ABC reported a loss of $795,000 on the movie.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 p 3
- synopsis by Hal Erickson at allmovie.com website