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directed by Jean Negulesco
USA 1946

 

Fitzgerald has pulled the two men off the street to fulfill a legend about the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin, whose statue has a place of honor in the apartment. Kwan Yin will grant a wish on Chinese New Year, but it must be the wish of three strangers, and it must be the same wish. In the very practical way common to Negulesco, money is immediately chosen as the one life-improving thing they all could wish for.

Lorre produces a sweepstakes ticket, bought with his last few pennies because the girl selling it was cute. The three strangers attach their wish to the ticket, and agree to put the money on a horse. Fitzgerald wants money to lure back her husband, Greenstreet wants money to become a judge. Lorre, the black sheep of a good family, has slid to the very bottom of the social heap and just wants survival and a better class of liquor.

Excerpt of review from Self-Styled Siren located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 28 January 1946

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.12 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (1:58)

DVD Release Date: June 19th, 2012
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Comments

The Maltese Falcon made a star out of Sydney Greenstreet who at the age of 61 makes his film debut. A number of films followed, nine in which he co-stared with Peter Lorre. A number of his films were released in Warner Archive Collection, including Background to Danger, Conflict, The Verdict and this noir thriller directed by Jean Negulesco (he directed Greenstreet in two more films - The Conspirators will be reviewed soon and The Mask of Dimitrios is still in the works of being rermastered for eventual Warner Archive release). In just short 5 years from his film debut, Sydney rose to being a headliner of Three Strangers, with his co-star Peter Lorre getting a third billing after Geraldine Fitzgerald.

A newly remastered transfer for the film is presented on Warner Archive's made-on-demand progressive disc. There is some damage on the print and the image is somewhat grainy in some scenes, but the contrast is very good and blacks are deep in this very noir movie. The mono soundtrack is fine and a 2-minute trailer is presented as an extra. This is a recommended release of an unfairly underrated film.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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