Strangers in the Night (1944)

53 or 55-56 mins | Drama | 12 September 1944

Director:

Anthony Mann

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Gano Chittenden

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

The working title of this film was House of Terror. ...

More Less

The working title of this film was House of Terror.

Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Jan 1945
p. 5
Film Daily
8 Nov 1944
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1944
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 1945
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Nov 1944
p. 2174
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
House of Terror
Release Date:
12 September 1944
Production Date:
mid May--late May 1944
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
19 July 1944
LP12751
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
53 or 55-56
Length(in feet):
5,008
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10201
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While recuperating from an injury he received in the South Pacific, U.S. Marine Sergeant Johnny Meadows corresponds with Rosemary Blake, a woman he has never met, and whose name he found inscribed in a book. Johnny dreams of the day when he will finally meet the woman who has been sending him love letters from Monteflores, California. Soon after he returns to the United States, Johnny boards a train for Monteflores, and, en route, meets Dr. Leslie Ross, who has just taken a job as the town's physician. As Leslie and Johnny become acquainted, their train derails and many of their fellow passengers are injured. After helping Leslie attend to the injured passengers, Johnny goes to the Blake mansion expecting to meet his sweetheart. When Johnny arrives, however, he is greeted by Hilda, an elderly woman who introduces herself as Rosemary's mother. Delusional and crippled, Hilda tells Johnny that Rosemary is absent and will not be home for a few days. While Johnny settles into the Blake mansion and awaits Rosemary's return, Ivy Miller, Hilda's housekeeper, visits Leslie in a very agitated state. When Ivy disappears from her office soon after, Leslie suspects that she meant to tell her something important about Hilda. As the days pass, Johnny begins to wonder why Hilda is not telling him when her daughter will be returning, and admits his concern to Leslie. One day, Hilda follows Johnny to Leslie's office, and overhears Johnny tell the doctor that he is in love with her. Believing that Leslie is deliberately interfering with her plans, Hilda sets out to ruin the doctor's reputation. Johnny later tries to learn more about Rosemary ...

More Less

While recuperating from an injury he received in the South Pacific, U.S. Marine Sergeant Johnny Meadows corresponds with Rosemary Blake, a woman he has never met, and whose name he found inscribed in a book. Johnny dreams of the day when he will finally meet the woman who has been sending him love letters from Monteflores, California. Soon after he returns to the United States, Johnny boards a train for Monteflores, and, en route, meets Dr. Leslie Ross, who has just taken a job as the town's physician. As Leslie and Johnny become acquainted, their train derails and many of their fellow passengers are injured. After helping Leslie attend to the injured passengers, Johnny goes to the Blake mansion expecting to meet his sweetheart. When Johnny arrives, however, he is greeted by Hilda, an elderly woman who introduces herself as Rosemary's mother. Delusional and crippled, Hilda tells Johnny that Rosemary is absent and will not be home for a few days. While Johnny settles into the Blake mansion and awaits Rosemary's return, Ivy Miller, Hilda's housekeeper, visits Leslie in a very agitated state. When Ivy disappears from her office soon after, Leslie suspects that she meant to tell her something important about Hilda. As the days pass, Johnny begins to wonder why Hilda is not telling him when her daughter will be returning, and admits his concern to Leslie. One day, Hilda follows Johnny to Leslie's office, and overhears Johnny tell the doctor that he is in love with her. Believing that Leslie is deliberately interfering with her plans, Hilda sets out to ruin the doctor's reputation. Johnny later tries to learn more about Rosemary by visiting the artist who painted her portrait in San Francisco. Ivy, meanwhile, writes a letter to Leslie warning her of Hilda's mental illness, but Hilda finds the letter, tears it up before it is mailed and kills Ivy. After learning that Hilda paid an artist $1,000 to paint a portrait of an imaginary girl, Johnny races back to Monteflores to expose Hilda's lie. Hilda confesses her deception, and tells Johnny and Leslie, who are now engaged, that she created an imaginary daughter to take the place of one she could never have. Hoping to prevent Leslie and Johnny from discovering Ivy's body, Hilda sabotages their car so that it will roll off a cliff and kill them. Hilda's scheme is foiled, however, when Johnny and Leslie discover the trap. To prove Hilda's guilt, Johnny and Leslie fake the sounds of a fall and wait for Hilda to telephone the police with an incriminating "accident" report. Realizing that she has been caught, Hilda turns to Rosemary's portrait for solace, but, at that moment, the heavy picture falls from the wall and kills her.

Less

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

The Symbol of the Unconquered

This Black independent film was shot in Fort Lee, NJ, under the working title The Wilderness Trail. A 6 Nov 1920 Moving Picture World item noted that editing was ... >>

The Great Dictator

The working title of this picture was The Dictator . In the cast credits at the end of the film, Charles Chaplin is listed in both the "People ... >>

Psycho

Actor Vaughn Taylor's surname is misspelled "Tayler" in the onscreen credits. Several Jun and Jul 1959 HR news items erroneously refer to the film as Psyche. ... >>

The Cowboys

Although onscreen credits include a copyright statement that reads "Sanford Productions, Inc. and Warner Bros., Inc.," the copyright registration lists the claimant as "Warner Bros., Inc. & Sanford Productions, ... >>

The Dark Past

The film's working titles were Hearsay and Blind Alley . The opening scenes of the film were shot using a subjective camera technique and shown from ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.