Producer Stanley Kramer, a man with a penchant for offbeat choices, took Morton Thompson's best-selling novel of a young doctor as the occasion of his own directorial debut.

Producer Stanley Kramer, a man with a penchant for offbeat choices, took Morton Thompson’s best-selling novel of a young doctor as the occasion of his own directorial debut.

Some of the most interesting characterizations appear only in the second story (out of three). Charles Bickford comes near to stealing the picture. Gloria Grahame, as a neurotic widow with lots of money, also stands out, though the part is much changed from the novel and never too clear in her motivations.

Frank Sinatra is another of the players who comes close to doing a little picture stealing. And what about the hero of the story? He’s Robert Mitchum and he’s considerably over his acting depth. Though some scenes come off fairly well, Mitchum is poker-faced from start to finish.

1955: Nomination: Best Sound

Not As a Stranger

Production

United Artists. Director Stanley Kramer; Producer Stanley Kramer; Screenplay Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt; Camera Franz Planer; Editor Fred Knudtson; Music George Antheil; Art Director Rudolph Sternad, Howard Richmond

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 135 MIN.

With

Olivia de Havilland Robert Mitchum Frank Sinatra Gloria Grahame Broderick Crawford Charles Bickford
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