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Affair with a Stranger (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 20 June 1953 (USA)
When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce ... See full summary »


Roy Rowland


Richard Flournoy (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Carolyn Parker
Victor Mature ... Bill Blakeley
Linda Douglas ... Dolly Murray (as Mary Jo Tarola)
Monica Lewis ... Janet Boothe
Jane Darwell ... Ma Stanton
Dabbs Greer ... Happy Murray
Wally Vernon ... Joe, Taxi Driver
Nicholas Joy ... Producer George W. Craig
Olive Carey ... Cynthia Craig
Victoria Horne ... Mrs. Wallace
Lillian Bronson ... Miss Crutcher
George Cleveland ... Pop
Billy Chapin ... Timmy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Jane Carey Mary Jane Carey ... Edith (scenes deleted)
Fred Graham ... Mounted Policeman (scenes deleted)


When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce about how the two met and married. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

20 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le retour à l'amour See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bill Blakeley: If someone is kidding me, I'll kill myself.
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Kiss and Run
Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Monica Lewis
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Witty Comedy Shot Through with Early Fifties Attitudes Towards Marriage
25 May 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

AFFAIR WITH A STRANGER tells a familiar tale of a rags-to-riches playwright William Blakeley (Victor Mature), who falls in love with and marries Carolyn Parker (Jean Simmons). After a few years of blissfully happy marriage, their impending divorce is announce in the gossip- columns. Through a series of flashbacks we see how their affair started and blossomed, then find out more about the cause of the divorce rumors, as Blakeley has a stillborn love affair with manipulative starlet Janet Boothe (Monica Lewis). Roy Rowland's film unfolds at a brisk pace, with plenty of opportunity for comic moments from Mature himself (in a surprisingly witty role), supported by Mary Jo Tarola and Dabbs Greer as the Murrays, close friends of the Blakeleys. Simmons doesn't have to do much, but she does have one frenetically comic scene where she prepares for William's first visit, falls over a living-room rug, tears her dress and ends up nearly upsetting a freshly-prepared plate of chicken. It is only due to Ma Stanton's (Jane Darwell's) timely intervention that Carolyn eventually composes herself sufficiently to receive her would-be suitor. For anyone interested in film history, AFFAIR WITH A STRANGER offers a fascinating insight into early Fifties attitudes towards marriage, in which the woman is expected to remain faithful at all times, while men are inevitably accepted as being frail-natures; they are always liable to have extra-marital affairs. The wife must accept this, and upbraid her husband for his transgression, but never dangle the prospect of divorce in front of him. It seems as if males have the freedom to let their eyes wander, but women must remain loyal at all times, even when they are as attractive as Simmons in this film.

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