Three Strangers (1946)
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as Jerome K. Arbutny
as Johnny West
as Crystal Shackleford
as Icey Crane
as Lady Rhea
as Junior Clerk
as Senior Clerk
as Mrs. Proctor
as Maj. Beach
as Sir Robert (uncredited)
as Gillkie the Barrister (uncredited)
as Flower Woman (uncredited)
as Alfred - Innkeeper / Bartender (uncredited)
as Prison Turnkey (uncredited)
as Bailiff (uncredited)
as Donald Fry (uncredited)
as Detective (uncredited)
as Police Inspector in Pub (uncredited)
as Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
as Drunken Stranger (uncredited)
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Interesting Lorre/Greenstreet/Huston film Long out of circulation, this 1946 vehicle by veteran Hollywood director Jean Negulesco (who had directed Lorre and Greenstreet previously in The Mask of Demetrios and would go on to make Daddy Long Legs, Three Coins in the Fountain, and How to Marry a Millionaire) was finally released on Region 1 DVD in 2012. The film has an interesting history. The original was intended to be a sequel to John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, using a screenplay Huston had written but hadn't gotten produced, with Greenstreet and Lorre reprising their roles as Casper Gutman and Joel Cairo in a new adventure, this time centered around a mysterious Chinese idol rather than a bird statuette. But it turned out that Warner's didn't have and couldn't get permission to re-use the same character names, so the project was turned into a film with no reference to The Maltese Falcon, still using Huston's screenplay. The result, the story of three strangers in 1938 London who pray to the idol for luck, and how the answer to their prayer affects their interweaving relationships, is something of a neglected classic, with Greenstreet and Lorre doing some of their best acting, and Huston's unusual and fascinating screenplay foreshadowing the theme of how greed affects human relationships which was to feature in many of Huston's own subsequent films like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Beat the Devil, and The Asphalt Jungle. Recommended with four stars as an entertaining and interesting piece of cinema which deserves to be better known; if you are a real fan of Lorre or Greenstreet or a serious student of Huston's work, consider it a five star must see. The Warner Archive DVD print quality is very good.
Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are always worth a look. It's particularly enjoyable watching Lorre play against type as a sympathetic leading man. It's no masterpiece; the movie does not, by any means, maintain a commanding grip on the audience, but the trio of lead actors keep things lively and interesting while Lorre's character amiably and almost accidentally comes through relatively unscathed, and somewhat better off without getting the big payoff. Plus, there's a young Alan Napier (later Alfred on the Batman television show) as Geraldine Fitzgerald's unfortunate husband.
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