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A Stranger Came Home

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Director  Terence Fisher
Music director  Leonard Salzedo
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery
Screenplay  Michael Carreras
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  1954
Writer  Leigh Brackett (novel), Michael Carreras, George Sanders (novel)
Cast  Paulette Goddard (Angie), William Sylvester (Philip Vickers), Patrick Holt (Job Crandall), Paul Carpenter (Bill Saul), Alvys Maben (Joan Merrill), Russell Napier (Insp. Treherne)
Similar movies  Inside Out, Lost Highway, Jamon Jamon, Wild Strawberries, The Broken, The Science of Sleep
Tagline  One of you here has committed MURDER!

A Stranger Came Home, released in the United States under the title The Unholy Four, is a 1954 British film noir. It was based on the novel Stranger at Home, which was credited to film actor George Sanders but was actually ghostwritten by Leigh Brackett. It was directed by Terence Fisher and starred American actress Paulette Goddard.


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Four friends go on a fishing trip but only three return. After an absence of four years, the fourth man, Philip Vickers, returns home an amnesiac. He tells of a "friend" who knocked him out, drugged him, and left him to die. Any one of the remaining men could be a suspect as Job Crandall, Bill Saul and Harry Bryce are all interested in Philip's attractive widow, Angie. Unfortunately, Philip's return coincides with a murder and he becomes the main suspect. Angie joins forces with her husband to help solve the mystery and clear his name.


  • Paulette Goddard as Angie
  • William Sylvester as Philip Vickers
  • Patrick Holt as Job Crandall
  • Paul Carpenter as Bill Saul
  • Alvys Maben as Joan Merrill
  • Russell Napier as Inspector Treherne
  • Kay Callard as Jenny
  • Patricia Owens as Blonde
  • David King-Wood as Sessions
  • Jeremy Hawk as Police Sergeant Johnson
  • Critical reception

    The New York Times wrote, "A THIRD-RATE British-made whodunit called The Unholy Four, featuring Paulette Goddard and a nondescript cast...A few more fly-by-nights like this Lippert presentation, produced and written by Michael Carreras, and the still-shapely Miss Goddard may find herself collecting the pieces of a career" ; Leonard Maltin called it "Muddled," ; whereas Allmovie called it a "suspenseful drama."


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