I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress) (1947)





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I See a Dark Stranger manages to be both an absorbing espionage yarn and a slyly amusing send-up of the entire genre. Deborah Kerr is terrific as Irish colleen Bridie Quilty, raised from childhood to despise the British and everything they stand for. Bridie's anglophobia proves useful to Nazi spy Miller (Raymond Huntley), who hopes to use the girl to help him steal the plans for the D-day invasion. Playing her "Mata Hari" role to the hilt, Bridie wholeheartedly throws herself into a world of clandestine meetings and coded messages, certain that by helping the Germans she is also helping Mother Ireland. Eventually she realizes the error of her ways, enabling her to turn the tables on Miller and his co-conspirators. Trevor Howard co-stars as David Baynes, with whom the impulsive Bridie falls in love despite his English forebears. I See a Dark Stranger was released in the U.S. as The Adventuress. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Deborah Kerr
as Birdie Quilty
Trevor Howard
as Lt. David Baynes
Garry Marsh
as Capt. Goodhusband
Tom Macauley
as Lt. Spanswick
W.G. O'Gorrnan
as Danny Quilty
Harry Webster
as Uncle Joe
Liam Redmond
as Timothy
Marie Ault
as Mrs. O'Mara
Brefni O'Rourke
as Michael O'Callaghan
Olga Lindo
as Mrs. Edwards
Eddie Golden
as Terence Delaney
David Ward
as Oscar Pryce
Kathleen Boutall
as Women on Train
Gerald Case
as Col. Dennington
James Harcourt
as Grandfather
Michael Howard
as Hawkins
Harry Hutchinson
as Chief Mourner
Katie Johnson
as Old Lady
John Salew
as Man in Bookshop
Norman Shelley
as Man in Straw Hat
Torin Thatcher
as Policeman
David Tomlinson
as Intelligence Officer
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Critic Reviews for I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress)

All Critics (4)

A wonderfully realized, well-crafted and highly entertaining British espionage thriller.

Full Review… | September 30, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gleeful amalgam of hijinks and heroism.

Full Review… | March 28, 2003

The film isn't a masterpiece; it is merely a lot of fun

Full Review… | March 2, 2003
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September 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress)


I See A Dark Stranger (1945) Sidney Gilliat, Wolfgang Wilhelm and Frank Launder made a great post-war/spy movie that also pokes a little fun at the Irish. A head-strong young Irish woman Bridie Quilty (Deborah Kerr), growing up hearing the stories of the Irish Republican Army, leaves town to join the IRA herself. She meets up with a Nazi spy, Miller (Raymond Huntley) who has her doing reconnaissance work to break a fellow spy out of prison, who has valuable plans of the D Day invasion. She also needs to occupy the time of a British soldier, David Bynes (Trevor Howard) who is suspected of being military intelligence. Lt. Bynes is actually in town doing his thesis about Cromwell, which pushes Bridie's Anti-British buttons to the max. Somehow, they are attracted to each other through all of their travels.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

Not great, but a good spy movie with romance and danger, but not enough excitement.

Aj V
Aj V

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