Rachel and the Stranger (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Rachel and the Stranger (1948)





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This western features Robert Mitchum as an Indian scout who happens upon an unlikely family cabined up in the Great Northwest. They're unlikely because the widowed settler has "purchased" a wife to help raise his son. When Mitchum arrives and starts making eyes at the lady, the widower becomes jealous.


William Holden
as David Harvey
Loretta Young
as Rachel Harvey
Robert Mitchum
as Jim Fairways
Gary Gray
as Davey
Tom Tully
as Parson Jackson
Sara Haden
as Mrs. Jackson
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Green
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Green
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Critic Reviews for Rachel and the Stranger

All Critics (2)

The leisurely told cornball tale of frontier love makes for a pleasant and unassuming film.

Full Review… | November 9, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Rachel and the Stranger

Wives don't grow on trees. David and his son live on a small farm in Ohio on their own after the loss of David's wife. David decides to marry an indentured servant he purchases so his son can have a proper upbringing with schooling, home cooked meals, and a woman presence. He doesn't initially treat her as a wife, but when a rival visits the farm and meets with his wife, David gets his act together and begins acting like they're married...but it may be too late. "Liquor makes you thirsty." Norman Foster, director of Davey Crocket and the River Pirates, Mr. Moto's Last Warning, The Great Sex War, Davey Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier, and Indian paint, delivers Rachel and the Stranger. The storyline for this picture is above average and the characters play off each other very well. The cast delivers awesome performances and includes Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, and Gary Gray. "Two grown men fighting like a couple of wild Indians." I came across this all star cast in a western on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. This was very entertaining and I loved all three main stars. They played off each other well and the script was pretty well written. I recommend seeing this once. "I hope you're loaded. I hope you know what you're doing." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

141018: Fascinating and educational movie. Motivated me to look into the history of bondwomen. The rivalry between David (William Holden) and Jim (Robert Mitchum), and their treatment of Rachel (Loretta Young), makes for a thought provoking film. As a matter of fact, the interaction of all the characters (including Davey) makes for a wonderful story. Slavery, not a proud piece of North American history, but one that I feel is all too common even in today's world. Features some great acting. Found the portrayal of the First Nation representatives truly intimidating; of course, that brings up another moral issue. Happy ending for one of the better, and meaningful, early westerns I've seen.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

A predictable movie. A widower needs a women to help run his farm, so "buys" one (by paying off her debt) and treats her like dirt. Of course she is everything the widower ever wanted, and they all live happily everafter.

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