The Gaunt Stranger
|The Gaunt Stranger|
British poster for The Gaunt Stranger
|Directed by||Walter Forde|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon
|Written by||Edgar Wallace (play)
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Edited by||Charles Saunders|
|Distributed by||Associated British
Monogram Pictures (US)
|Release date(s)||November 1938|
|Running time||73 minutes|
Production and release
The film was made at Ealing Studios, the first release following Michael Balcon's appointment of head of production. It was based on the story The Gaunt Stranger by Edgar Wallace, which Forde had previously adapted as The Ringer in 1931. The film was released under the alternative title The Phantom Strikes in the United States. It was popular enough in Britain to be re-released in 1945.
A notorious killer, long believed to have died in Australia, returns to England seeking revenge for the death of his sister. The "Ringer" threatens to murder the criminal mastermind Maurice Meister. Detective Inspector Alan Wembury is assigned to the case and despite his strong dislike for Meister attempts to protect him with the reluctant assistance of another criminal, Sam Hackett, who has been released from prison as he is the only man able to identify the "Ringer". Even with his help Wembury struggles to unmask their target before the time at which Meister is due to be killed.
- Sonnie Hale as Samuel Cuthbert "Sam" Hackett
- Wilfrid Lawson as Maurice Meister
- Louise Henry as Cora Ann Milton
- Alexander Knox as Dr Lomond
- Peter Croft as John Lenley
- George Merritt as Police Station Sergeant
- Patrick Barr as Det. Insp. Alan Wembury
- John Longden as Inspector Bliss
- Patricia Roc as Mary Lenley
- Arthur Hambling as Detective Sergeant Richards
- Charles Eaton as Colonel Walford
- Wood p.98
- Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
- Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
- Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
- The Gaunt Stranger at the Internet Movie Database
- The Gaunt Stranger is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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