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.



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

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19 December 2009 | cherold
| One of the oddest and most fascinating movies of the 1940s
Three Strangers is not a typical Hollywood film. Dark and philosophical, it introduces the viewer to three people, strangers to one another, and then follows their sad, desperate lives. While one reviewer on this site says it's a shame they don't make movies like this anymore, the fact is, they almost never made movies like this back then. This is far less neat and more philosophical than your typical 40s flick, a movie about strange twists of fate and the ways in which people fail to take responsibility for their actions.

The cast is excellent, with Peter Lorre particularly impressive in one of the best performances of his career as an alcoholic who thinks too much and does too little. I was also quite taken by Joan Lorring's touchingly vulnerable performance as a girl in with the wrong crowd.

Admittedly the ending ties things up in a neat little bow, yet for the most part this movie is far closer in spirit to the indie movies of the 1990s than to the film noirs of the 1940s it could be mistaken for.

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