Three Strangers (1946)

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Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.


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  • Joan Lorring in Three Strangers (1946)
  • Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald in Three Strangers (1946)
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald and Alan Napier in Three Strangers (1946)
  • Peter Lorre and Joan Lorring in Three Strangers (1946)
  • Joan Lorring and Robert Shayne in Three Strangers (1946)
  • Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet in Three Strangers (1946)

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29 June 2005 | blanche-2
9
| engrossing fare
"Three Strangers" has long been a favorite film of mine, with its fascinating reference to the statue of the goddess Kwan Yin, who, in Chinese legend, opens her eyes and grants a wish to three strangers on the Chinese New Year. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre are the above-mentioned strangers, each with an agenda that can be easily pursued by money. So the wish is that their sweepstakes ticket win, and the agreement is that it then be entered into the horse race that follows.

Geraldine Fitzgerald's character seems sympathetic, but she reveals herself as quite obsessive and delusional as the film progresses. Greenstreet plays a crooked solicitor, and Lorre portrays a small time criminal - he's the most sympathetic character and, to my mind, gives the most memorable performance.

The film asks the question - did the meeting of the three strangers change their lives, or did events proceed as they would have? This is an unusual, absorbing, and entertaining film. I highly recommend it.

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