The Intimate Stranger  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Intimate Stranger is a 1956 British drama film directed by Joseph Losey, under the pseudonym Joseph Walton, and starring Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings and Roger Livesey. It was also released as Finger of Guilt.


Reggie Wilson, a film cutter, has lost his Hollywood career due to an affair with his boss's wife. He has moved to England and made good, marrying the daughter of a studio head and working on new film Eclipse. His new life is threatened when he starts to receive demanding letters from a woman who claims to have had a brief affair with him, and who knows intimate details about his life - but whom he cannot remember at all.


Losey had been blacklisted in the United States when he made the film. Along with a number of other American directors and screenwriters he moved to Britain and began making films under an alias. The screenplay was written by Howard Koch who had also been blacklisted, and wrote under the name Peter Howard. The film was made at Shepperton Studios.

Losey has a small cameo part in the film, playing a film director.


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