I'm a Stranger (1952)

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George Westcott arrives in London from India to claim a sizeable inheritance, only to discover his grandfather's will is missing. A film star, a window cleaner and a police inspector help ... See full summary »


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17 December 2020 | boblipton
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| Problems In Logic
Patric Doonan shows up to claim his uncle's estate. The other members of the family are annoyed, and there is some evidence of hanky-panky....but who's done what? Greta Gynt, a friend of the family (playing herself) is sympathetic. Here comes police inspector Herbert Ross, asking awkward questions. Who sent for him? And what did the old man die of?

It's just about a pure puzzle mystery, over in slightly less than an hour, and you need to watch closely, both to be confused, and figure out who is lying about what. It's a fun time for anyone who likes the purely intellectual side of mysteries.

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This movie was made at Viking Studios which was located in St Mary Abbots Place, a quiet cul-de-sac off Kensington High Street in central London. The studios were behind the facades of houses whose address was 1-5 St Mary Abbots Place. The houses, like all the others in this short street had the pleasing aspect of all being built in different styles. This was a boon for filmmakers on low budgets as it meant they could create the illusion of filming in different places without ever leaving the street. In "I'm a Stranger", John Kelly walks past number 5, knocks on the door and enters number 3 (actually a door into the studio). Later, Greta Gynt tells James Hayter (who comes to her assistance) that her car has broken down. In reality, they're across the road from the studio. When she and James Hayter drive off, they're heading towards the end of the cul-de-sac. They stop upon discovering their stowaway and are, in fact, outside number 2 - which is where they started. Their stowaway asks to be taken to 'Dr. Westcott, number one Oxley Street'. They oblige and arrive at 1 St Mary Abbots Place, just across the road and another door into the studio.


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Horatio Flowerdew: Hold hard - before we go any further, I want to put you wise
Greta Gynt: About what?
Horatio Flowerdew: About me. I'm a "PACIC"
Greta Gynt: A what?
Horatio Flowerdew: A P-A-C-I-C; Peckham Amateur Crime Investigation Club. I'm vice-chairman!
Greta Gynt: What do you do?
Horatio Flowerdew: Well, we read all the thrillers and then we meet every ...

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