The Young Stranger

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The Young Stranger
James MacArthur in The Young Stranger trailer.jpg
James MacArthur in trailer for film
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Stuart Millar
Screenplay by Robert Dozier
Starring James MacArthur
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Edward A. Biery (as Edward Biery Jr.), Robert Swink
Distributed by RKO Teleradio Pictures
Release dates
  • April 7, 1957 (1957-04-07) (Premiere -New York City)[1]
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Young Stranger (1957) is a low-budget drama film, the first film directed by John Frankenheimer. It was based on the teleplay Deal a Blow by Robert Dozier.


Teenage Hal Ditmar, the son of a wealthy movie producer, gets into an argument in a theater, which ends with Hal hitting the theater manager. Neither the police nor Hal's father believe his claim that he acted in self-defense.



  1. ^ "The Young Stranger: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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