Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)


“You know something, if you didn’t try so hard to fight against it you could be a pretty decent kind of person.” – Angie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young woman tracks down a man with whom she had a one night stand a few month earlier in order to learn who he is underneath it all.

My Take on it – I have decided to try and expand my knowledge of films of Natalie Wood and started with this film.

I was so impressed with her performance here because I always thought of her as a young and innocent woman and here her character must deal with repercussions of having a one night stand.

I have gained so much newfound respect fpor her as an actress after seeing this because she was truky amazing here.

Steve McQueen is also great playing opposite here and where we are used to him playing very outgoing characters, this one is a bit more subdued yet still does all he can in order to help their situation out even going places and meeting with people that he has avoided for quite some time.

I loved the way that this film subtly deals with subject matters that were considered taboo at the time and managed to tell us a story by hinting about things without having to blurt them out.

These kind of films are great because the film makers needed to learn to be creative in order to tell the story that they wanted to despite the fact that they were not explicitly allowed to show or say so many things due to the censorship of these kind of issues on film and TV at the time.

Bottom Line – Wood is amazing here and I have so much more respect for her as an actress after seeing such an emotional role being played so perfectly by her.  McQueen is a calm version of his action persona and it is quite enjoyable to watch them together here. I found it quite interesting to watch how they dealt with taboo subjects that they weren’t allowed to discuss openly at the time.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Natalie Wood said that working on Love with the Proper Stranger was “the most rewarding experience I had in all films, all the way around.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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7 thoughts on “Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

  1. One of my favorite movies – and one of McQueen’s best as well as Natalie Wood (you should try Splendor in the Grass next…) The scenes with her family at meal time – with her “fix up date” (Mr. Cunningham from “Happy Days”!!) – are priceless. Funny, bittersweet, touching. this one’s a keeper.

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      • Strangers is very funny and ultimately uplifting – Splendor is long and depressing. Inge did not write a “fun” story here. That last scene where she visits Beatty and his family was tough after all she’d been through up til then. She survived and came through things OK – but it was not a happy ending for anyone concerned.

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