I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
Directed by Frank Launder
Genres - Drama, Thriller | Sub-Genres - War Spy Film | Release Date - Apr 3, 1947 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 98 min. | Countries - United Kingdom | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Hal Erickson
I See a Dark Stranger manages to be both an absorbing espionage yarn and a slyly amusing send-up of the entire genre. Deborah Kerr is terrific as Irish colleen Bridie Quilty, raised from childhood to despise the British and everything they stand for. Bridie's anglophobia proves useful to Nazi spy Miller (Raymond Huntley), who hopes to use the girl to help him steal the plans for the D-day invasion. Playing her "Mata Hari" role to the hilt, Bridie wholeheartedly throws herself into a world of clandestine meetings and coded messages, certain that by helping the Germans she is also helping Mother Ireland. Eventually she realizes the error of her ways, enabling her to turn the tables on Miller and his co-conspirators. Trevor Howard co-stars as David Baynes, with whom the impulsive Bridie falls in love despite his English forebears. I See a Dark Stranger was released in the U.S. as The Adventuress.
anglophobia, double-agent, espionage, love, Nazism, officer, romance, secrets, war