Love From A Stranger (22)5.91h 21min7+ In 1900s London a mysterious South American gentleman sweeps an attractive London sweepstakes winner into marriage after answering her ad to sublet her apartment prior to taking world tour with sweepstake winnings. Barbarian or Bluebeard, this is an adventure too far for Cecily. From this came her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2014. By continuing to use the site, you agree to our privacy & cookies policy. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2018. birth to their daughter, Rosalind. In Agatha Christie’s Love from a Stranger, the sense of danger mounts with an irrepressible inevitability that makes it almost painful to watch. If you wish for an adventure be careful: it may become more of an adventure that you had wished for. Hodiak is even more chilling as a serial wife killer than was the scary Rathbone -- better known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in many films. That afternoon her fiancé, Michael is arriving from the Sudan, where his colonial duties have now finished, ready for their wedding. Friends and flatmates Cecily Harrington and Mavis Wilson are moving house. She asks no questions, has no doubts, marries in haste, lives in a romantic haze until...I really enjoyed watching this film, thought the pacing was decent, the acting good, the script was written based on a play, which in turn was based on an Agatha Christie story. Travelling or based outside United States? One of Agatha’s lifelong ambitions had been to travel on the Orient Express; her first journey took T: 020 7379 6222 The 30s version with Basil Rathbone looks better. John Hodiak is one of those old Hollywood actors that died too young at age 41 from a massive heart attack. The svelte and willowy Helen Bradbury gives a nuanced portrayal of Cecily Harrington, her breath-taking belief in love-at-first-sight, her discovery of the emotional adventure and then the sudden revelation as the rose tinted spectacles are rudely broken. ★★★★‘A taut, slick psychological thriller’, ‘Who, of any of us, could have dunnit better?’. However, her newfound love is not all that it seems… ( Log Out /  The first half of the play is a slow burn. Hodiak is very convincing as the suave, charming, handsome stranger who hides a very dark secret. Select the department you want to search in. England. One quite hoped for a shorter fuse, knowing that the Agatha Christie fireworks were to come. Royal and Derngate’s set, designed by Mike Britton, creates the right mood. When Michael Lawrence, the fiancé arrives, we see from his bearing that he is an all-round good egg, upright, smart, with neatly parted and Brylcreem-ed moustache and hair. Continue, FIERY ANGEL IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON PRESENT, By Agatha Christie & Frank Vosper, We use cookies to help us improve, promote, and protect our services. We see a man (a man of his time) needing to be in control of his emotions. The company is managed by Christie’s great grandson James Prichard. And as a vintage movie devotee, I loved the black-and-white cinematography which added to the suspense of this eerie, crackerjack film. seems disconnected to me. Why, I kept thinking, didn’t Michael go with Mavis when he lost Cecily; two generous characters, they so suit each other? Costumes and interiors are wonderful, but the West Country rustics seem to be reading their lines phonetically and the Devon village looks a lot like Belgium. The atmosphere of the Middle East was not lost on Agatha, as can be recognised in Originally written in 1924 as a short story Philomel Cottage, it emerged ten years later in The Listerdale Mystery. This edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey. Booking fees may apply. It's your LAST CHANCE to see Love from a Stranger today with just two performances left at Norwich Theatre Royal Bizarrely, the play’s pre-war life took a Christie-esque final twist, when Frank Vosper was lost at sea from a trans-Atlantic luxury liner, the SS Paris, apparently slipping into the ocean from the balcony of the room of Muriel Oxford, 1936’s Miss Great Britain, where she was having a party. Thus began her life long interest in the use of poisons. The wonderfully jolly-hockeysticks Aunt Lulu reminds us (whilst breaking a “priceless” candlestick) that she is one of The Garrards, who always have great taste. poison and was so well described that Agatha received an unprecedented honour for a writer of fiction During the First World War there were Belgian refugees in most parts of the English countryside, Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie's works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. So when a stranger walks into her flat as prospective tenant, a fast talking charmer with an American accent and tales of worldwide and everywhere adventures, she falls, but … but, he is Bruce Lovell. Interestingly, the film is based on a story by the late, great Agatha Christie. “Go on and then you will see how precious it will be”, says Lovell of the 9pm reminder in his notebook and Cecily’s alarm bells begin to ring. © 1936 Agatha Christie Limited All rights reserved. Equally, the sinister sub-consciousness of Lovell didn’t really come over. that a Belgian refugee, a former great Belgian policeman, would make an excellent detective for The By continuing to use the site, you agree to our. Following the war Agatha continued to write and to travel with Archie, though sadly they were later to Love from a Stranger is one of Agatha Christie’s earlier works and as a stage play much of the plot doesn’t really hold together (although we famously suspend disbelief on entering a theatre), but the Agatha Christie magic really comes out in this play in the ending twist. Some great performances and if you haven't seen the better Basil Rathbone version, well worth a look. 68 likes. Change ). We use cookies to help us improve, promote, and protect our services. but with The Murder at the Vicarage, Miss Marple’s first full-length outing, it appeared she had produced another Predictable, but fun to watch. Sylvia Sidney is his naïve bride, who announces to this charming stranger almost the moment she meets him that she is a sweepstakes winner. There's a problem loading this menu right now. She went on to be one of The rights to this play are licensed by Agatha Christie Ltd.. For further information on this play and others by or adapted from Agatha Christie, please visit: Real to life.. 1947's "Love From a Stranger" is as good as the 1937 original, Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2015. examination of the Society of Apothecaries. Sepia with gauze flats, it conveys a sense of claustrophobia, in spite of (or maybe because of) the open vista of the skyscape beyond the wide windows, with its promise of adventure. Video availability outside of United States varies. Miss Jane Marple was an amalgam of several old ladies Agatha used to meet in villages she My only question: what's with the 9s? the first authors Penguin ever published, with fantastic results. Although he was not based on any particular person, Agatha thought Jo Allan PR Hodiak is delightfully creepy in this interesting thriller! One knows that all that is apparently happening is next to impossible, yet one cannot fail to be thrilled." Definitely worth watching for fans of classic film, fans of Agatha Christie. Is Love from a Stranger a misadventure or an adventure averted? When she created Miss Marple, Agatha did not expect her to become Poirot's rival, T: 020 7520 9392 With the end of the war, Archie had found a job in the City Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2019, Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2015. Ovid tells why: as TS Eliot puts it “The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king so rudely forced”. ( Log Out /  Appointment With Death and They Came to Baghdad as well as many short stories. Now, Cecily has won a half share of a half share of a £50,000 sweepstake prize. Alice Haig’s portrait of Mavis is well defined, the trustworthy and loyal friend, with intelligent insight and finely tuned intuition that all is not as it might seem. After marriage, husband starts to act weird, full of quirks that will rise suspects of oddity. Sign in to see videos available to you. Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2014. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Agatha loved to read English poetry and began writing poems when she was a child. 0844 numbers cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Suffice it to say, that the twist is unexpected. But in "Love from a Stranger," he steps out of his actor's comfort zone and portrays a debonair, suave, smooth-talking, creepy, serial killer of wealthy women who he marries. The Scotsman of 1 April 1936 started its review with, "To watch the performance of Love from a Stranger at the New Theatre, is like witnessing a clever conjuring show. A Feast in Time of Plague: a Morality Tale. I am not a woman and I am already intrigued by hearing things like: don't touch my hair, don't open the door, don't open this or that. Directed by Lucy Bailey, A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. Really interesting Thriller. Then comes the typical Agatha Christie twist and misadventure is averted (or is it mis-averted) as Bluebeard meets Scheherazade. wouldn't it be unusual to see a person hiding things from you, being isolated and mysterious about what he does during the day giving strict instructions for not being interrupted under any circumstances and being locked inside a basement without not enticing curiosity at least? she thinks. Three spot-on characterisations. After a hugely successful career and a very happy life Agatha died peacefully on 12 January 1976. Director Lucy Bailey moves Vosper’s mid 1930s setting to 1958, although it is not obvious why (or why such a precise reference date). Learn how your comment data is processed. In 1912 Agatha met Archie Christie, a qualified aviator who had applied to join the Royal Flying Corps, Also that year the publisher, John Lane, who had liked The Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2016. and they had just enough to rent a flat in London and later that year on the 5th August, Agatha gave The print is very decent, the sound quality good. Mysterious Affair at Styles. Fifth Time to Watch This Vintage Thriller, Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2018. UK Tour starts 23 Feb 2018 His frustration and disappointment at being jilted (Aunt Lulu’s word) by his fiancée is palpable and, when confronting the “other man” the officer and a gentleman stiff upper lip wins, in spite of clenched fists. Based loosely on Agatha Christie's story Philomel Cottage. To say more would be a spoiler, for tonight was the Richmond opening of Fiery Angel’s national tour, and it has quite a way to go. Love from a Stranger by Frank Vosper, adapted from Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie Fiery Angel in association with Royal and Derngate, Northampton, at Richmond Theatre until 5th May than on tour until 21st July

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