Unexpected Guest (1947)

Genres - Mystery, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Whodunit  |   Release Date - Mar 28, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Executive producer/star William Boyd obviously went for something different this time but Unexpected Guest proves to be less than thrilling as a whodunit and downright irrelevant as a Western. The company did film a few exteriors in Lone Pine, CA, a favorite haunt of the series, but most of the action (and the term is used loosely) takes place in a ranch house set. Happily, someone had the notion of hiring Una O'Connor, late of the Universal horror films, to play the perpetually nervous housekeeper. The delightful scene-stealer is in full throttle for most of the film, her voice quivering with either fear or hopelessness, her hands constantly wringing, and her bird-like countenance expressing alternately mounting worry and sheer terror. Too bad that scenarist Ande Lamb didn't offer Miss O'Connor something more substantial to do or say.