Also known as The Intimate Stranger,this film, made in England, brought over Richard Basehart and Mary Murphy from Hollywood and the plot allowed the use of Shepperton Studios for many of the scenes.
Richard Basehart,as Reggie Wilson,has left Hollywood after an affair with the wife of a Hollywood executive. Reggie came to England three years earlier and landed on his feet.He married the daughter of the head of a UK film studio and became a producer.(Roger Livesey is the studio head and Faith Brook is Reggie’s wife.)
At the film’s start, Reggie is telling his doctor what his problem is. He has been receiving letters mailed in Newcastle from a girl called Evelyn who says she is his lover. But Reggie says he doesn’t know her.The girl (played by Mary Murphy) even sends a letter to his wife.
Constance Cummings plays Kay Wallace a film star who has come to England to star in Reggie’s latest film – she’s also an old flame of his.
Eventually Reggie goes to the police and has a confrontation with the girl. But he ends up losing his wife and his job before the truth is revealed.
As he says,”How can my life fall apart like this over something I haven’t done.”
This a great little thriller directed by Joseph Losey.although Losey couldn’t use his real name as a result of the HUAC hearings.The same applied to the film’s writer,Howard Koch.
I was impressed by both Richard Basehart and Mary Murphy (whatever happened to Mary’s career – she was a good actress and this is a good part for her.)