Love from a Stranger (1947 film)

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Love from a Stranger
Love from a Stranger FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Whorf
Produced by James J. Geller
Screenplay by Philip MacDonald
Based on the play Love from a Stranger
the short-story "Philomel Cottage"
by Frank Vosper
Agatha Christie
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Edited by Fred Allen
Bryan Foy Productions
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films
New World Home Video (1986 VHS)
Pathe Industries (Original Copyright Holder)
Release date
  • November 15, 1947 (1947-11-15) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.1 million[1]

Love from a Stranger is a 1947 American film directed by Richard Whorf and starring John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney.[2] The film is also known as A Stranger Walked In in the United Kingdom.


A woman fears her new husband will kill her.



Critical response[edit]

Thomas M. Pryor, the film critic at The New York Times, gave the film a lukewarm review. He wrote, "It may well be that some will find a modicum of excitement in Love From a Stranger. But the average moviegoer is a pretty 'hep' customer and the chances are he will be so far ahead of the story that its climactic scene will explode with all the thunder of a cap pistol."[3]

Critic Craig Butler also had problems with the film, mostly the script. He wrote, "A moderately entertaining mystery flick (the story of which was better served when it was originally filmed in 1937), Love from a Stranger is an adequate but unexciting way to spend an hour and a half or so. Stranger wants to be a clever thriller, and it starts out well. Unfortunately, about halfway through it becomes rather obvious, and so the necessary suspense is simply lacking."[4]


  1. ^ "Eagle-Lion's US Performance Reviewed by Foy in NY", Variety, 19 March 1947 p 13
  2. ^ Love from a Stranger at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. The New York Times, film review, November 28, 1947. Accessed: July 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Butler, Craig. Allmovie by Rovi, film review, no date. Accessed: July 30, 2013.

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