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(aka "When Strangers Marry" or "Love from a Stranger")

 

directed by William Castle
USA 1944

 

Before he made Betrayed, Robert Mitchum was picking up occasional paychecks as a villain in Hopalong Cassidy flicks. Afterward, he was headed to stardom. In this chilling, iconic film noir, Mitchum plays a new bride’s (Kim Hunter) former beau, who provides a strong shoulder to lean on when his ex suspects the mysterious man she married (Dean Jagger) may be a killer. Future horror innovator William Castle’s inventive direction drenches the action in claustrophobic tension: the sequence with Hunter lit by flashing neon is a classic. And the scene where Mitchum loses his trademark cool in an eruption of emotion foreshadows his audience-jolting performances in The Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear.

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Theatrical Release: 21 August 1944 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:07:10
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 2010
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Chapters 7

 

Comments

In 1944, Robert Mitchum, before his stardom, made this little mystery thriller directed by now-legendary William Castle for Monogram Studios. The film was first released as When Strangers Marry, but re-released as Betrayed just 3 years later, when Robert Mitchum became a household name. Just compare 2 posters above for 2 titles and placement of Robert/Bob Mitchum's name. Being a B-picture, the film runs just 67 minutes, but the tightly plotted mystery have some nicely executed sequences, including a tunnel chase straight out of Val Lewton's The Seventh Victim, also starring Kim Hunter.

The print used for this Warner Archive Collection MOD release carries re-release title, but the print quality is excellent. There is very minimal damage and progressive transfer is excellent. The English mono sound is very good as well, but per usual MOD standards, there are no subtitles available for the film. There is no trailer available on the disc, but we still highly recommend this release for any film noir and Robert Mitchum fan.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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