A Stranger in My Arms

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A Stranger in My Arms
Directed by Helmut Käutner
Produced by Ross Hunter
Written by Peter Berneis
Based on novel And Ride a Tiger by Robert Wilder
Starring Jeff Chandler
June Allyson
Sandra Dee
Mary Astor
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Release dates
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
88 min.
Country United States
Language English

A Stranger in My Arms is a 1959 film starring Jeff Chandler, June Allyson, Sandra Dee and Peter Graves.[1][2]


A Korean War pilot, Pike Yarnell, a major, survives a jet crash in the Pacific Ocean, as does Donald Beasley, his navigator. After many days on a raft, Donald dies.

Christina, the dead officer's widow, waits for a full explanation of the circumstances of Donald's death, as do his wealthy Georgia parents and sister. Pike gives them very few details, however, particularly disturbing Virginie Beasley, who wants a Congressman in the family to seek a Medal of Honor for her brave son.

Pike begins to develop feelings for Christina. He can't bring himself to tell her that Donald was actually a poor officer, under investigation, and a coward aboard the raft. Donald revealed near the end that he never loved his wife and hated his mother. In the end, he used Pike's gun to kill himself.



The film was based on the novel And Ride a Tiger by Robert Wilder, author of Written on the Wind.[3] Filming started December 1957.[4]

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  1. ^ Bosley Crowther, 'A Stranger in My Arms', New York Times, 4 March 1959
  2. ^ "A Stranger in My Arms". FilmAffinity. filmaffinity.com. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  3. ^ British Want Howard Keel: Million-Five Deal Heralded for Granger for Six Pictures Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Nov 1957: C9.
  4. ^ ALLIED ACQUIRES SHARE IN 12 FILMS: Studio and Two Independent Producers Sign Pacts-- U-I to Star Chandler By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 Nov 1957: 39.

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