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Three Strangers (1946)





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On the eve of the Chinese New Year, three strangers make a pact before a small statue of the Chinese goddess of Destiny. The strangers are Crystal Shackleford (Geraldine Fitzgerald), married to a wealthy philanderer; Jerome Artbutny (Sidney Greenstreet), an outwardly respectable judge; and Johnny West (Peter Lorre), a seedy sneak thief. The threesome agree to purchase a sweepstakes ticket and share whatever winnings might accrue. Alas, the pact brings little more than misfortune for all concerned. Jerome steals funds from a client, then kills Crystal (with the goddess statue!) when she refuses to hand over her sweepstakes winnings. Johnny and his girlfriend Icy (Joan Lorring) decide to abandon their life of crime, but when it is revealed that the ticket is a winner, he sets fire to it to avoid having his name tied to the crime. If it seems strange that Peter Lorre ends up the romantic lead in Three Strangers, remember that the film's director, Jean Negulesco, thought Lorre was the finest actor who ever lived--and as a result, he fought tooth and nail with Warner Bros. to cast Lorre in this film.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Koch, John Huston
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On DVD: Jul 19, 2012
Warner Home Video


Sydney Greenstreet
as Jerome K. Arbutny
Peter Lorre
as Johnny West
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Crystal Shackleford
Joan Lorring
as Icey Crane
Arthur Shields
as Prosecutor
Rosalind Ivan
as Lady Rhea
John Alvin
as Junior Clerk
Alan Napier
as Shackleford
Clifford Brooke
as Senior Clerk
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Proctor
Stanley Logan
as Maj. Beach
Holmes Herbert
as Sir Robert (uncredit...
Ian Wolfe
as Gillkie the Barriste...
Connie Leon
as Flower Woman (uncred...
Colin Kenny
as Alfred - Innkeeper /...
Olaf Hytten
as Prison Turnkey (uncr...
Eric Wilton
as Bailiff (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock
as Donald Fry (uncredit...
Leslie Denison
as Detective (uncredite...
Leyland Hodgson
as Police Inspector in ...
Alec Craig
as Man on Park Bench (u...
Reginald Sheffield
as Hotel Clerk (uncredi...
Benny Burt
as Drunken Stranger (un...
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The intricately plotted messy film becomes enjoyable mainly because of the spirited performances.

Full Review… | March 12, 2011
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