When Strangers Marry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
When Strangers Marry aka Betrayed
When Strangers Marry movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Castle
Produced by Frank King
Maurice King
Screenplay by Philip Yordan
Dennis J. Cooper
Story by George Moskov
Starring Dean Jagger
Kim Hunter
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Martin G. Cohn
King Brothers Productions
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • August 21, 1944 (1944-08-21) (United States)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

When Strangers Marry (re-release title Betrayed) is a 1944 suspense film directed by William Castle and featuring Dean Jagger, Kim Hunter and Robert Mitchum.[1]


A naive woman (Hunter) comes to New York City to meet her salesman husband (Jagger) whom she only met months before, and discovers that he may be a murderer.



Philip Yordan says he gave the story to Dennis Cooper to write up, but that Yordan then had to rewrite it.[2]

Neil Hamilton and Kim Hunter were borrowed from Selznick International.[3]


Critical response[edit]

When the film was released, Variety's review was positive, writing, "Only thing wrong with this film is its misleading title. Tag, When Strangers Marry, suggests another of the problem plays of newlyweds when in reality pic is a taught (sic) psychological thriller about a murderer and a manhunt full of suspense and excitement."[4]

According to Simon Callow's book Orson Welles: Hello Americans, Orson Welles said of this movie, "It isn't as slick as Double Indemnity or as glossy as Laura, but it's better acted and better directed ... than either."[5]


  1. ^ When Strangers Marry at the TCM Movie Database.
  2. ^ McGilligan, Patrick. Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1991. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft0z09n7m0/
  3. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Warners Will Remake 'Sweet Adeline' -- 'Attack!', Army Film, Due Next Month Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 16 May 1944: 18.
  4. ^ Variety, film review, 1943. Accessed: July 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Callow, Simon (2006), Orson Welles: Hello Americans, Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0-224-03853-9 

External links[edit]