My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

I See A Dark Stranger (The Adventuress) (1946)

FRANK LAUNDER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBUnited Kingdom, 1946.  .  Story by Frank Launder, Screenplay by Frank Launder, , , additional dialogue by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Deborah Kerr is magnificent in this early starring role, a delectable war drama. She plays a plucky Irish lass whose father has raised her to hate the English, so when she comes of age and can decide the course of her own life she boards a train and heads for the big city of Dublin with the aim of joining the IRA. When that goes sour, she takes a job at a local inn where she meets up with a Nazi spy; she agrees to help him because it’s the closest she can get to ruining her British enemies. When she meets and falls in love with a Brit (Trevor Howard) who may be a spy himself, Kerr realizes that life and morality are a lot more complicated than her childhood passions had led her to believe. Witty, intelligent screenplay, passionate performances and a healthy sense of adventure abound in this surefire winner.

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