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Stranger on the Prowl (1952)

Imbarco a mezzanotte (original title)
A nameless, homeless and rejected man who is looking for a new life and a young boy from an impoverished family, who is forced to steal when he loses the milk money. These two come together in the same hiding place.

Director:

Joseph Losey (as Andrea Forzano)

Writers:

Noël Calef (story "La bouteille du lait"), Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... The Stranger With A Gun
Joan Lorring ... Angela, a lonely woman
Vittorio Manunta Vittorio Manunta ... Giacomo, a small boy
Luisa Rossi Luisa Rossi ... Giacomo's Mother
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Peroni, the junk dealer
Arnoldo Foà ... Inspector-in-Charge
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... The Neighborhood Patrolman
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Grocery Store Clerk (victim)
Fausta Mazzucchelli Fausta Mazzucchelli ... Giacomo's Little Sister
Cesare Trapani Cesare Trapani ... Tall Boy
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori ... Signor Pucci
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Morelli
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Mancini (as Leon Lenoir)
Linda Sini ... Signora Raffetto
Giulio Marchetti Giulio Marchetti ... Signor Raffetto
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A nameless, homeless and rejected man who is looking for a new life and a young boy from an impoverished family, who is forced to steal when he loses the milk money. These two come together in the same hiding place.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encounter See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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With several of the participants under suspicion for their Left associations, and two of the producers known for their previous ties to Fascism, director Losey called the political mixture "the perfect Italian combination." See more »

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A disappointing film from a great director and great actor.
9 March 2003 | by brucethylacineSee all my reviews

Despite a few effective moments, Muni unaccountably overplays in this film & Losey's direction is without his usual control and taste. The story, of a drifter in Italy, is incoherent and the characterisation, especially Muni's role, so scanty that it's difficult to understand motivation.


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