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Stranger at My Door

Directed by William Witney
United States, 1956
Western, Action, Adventure


Notorious outlaw Clay Anderson and gang rob the town bank and flee in separate directions. Riding hard, Clay’s horse goes lame and he is forced to pull-up at a nearby farm.

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Stranger at My Door Directed by William Witney

Critics reviews

On its way to a predictable ending, the stark and moody film treats its characters with unexpected subtlety and ambivalence. There is thrilling force and sharpness to the direting, especially in breathlessly visceral action scenes, as when a demonic horse breaks out of its corral during a storm.
January 02, 2019
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What could have been a purely theoretical film is grounded and then shook up by Witney’s action prowess. When Beelzebub comes to stay at the preacher’s house it sets off a series of shockingly violent sequences. Witney, wanting the entirety of the sequences to have the same intense energy, decided to shoot with the horse for one hour every day, the first hour on set, over the course of the 15-day shoot, so that he would get everything he could from the performance.
January 31, 2018
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No director exhibited bodies in peril with more visceral impact than Witney, and Stranger at my Door pairs that talent with the finest script he was ever assigned (by Barry Shipman), which ponders what happens when a man of the cloth puts God before his family.
March 24, 2015
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