The New Pictures, Sep. 27, 1948

Rachel and the Stranger (RKO Radio) has been rushed into the theaters ahead of schedule because RKO hoped to cash in on Robert Mitchum's sudden notoriety. No one had a right to expect the movie would be much good, but it is. The first Mitchum film out since his arrest for smoking marijuana (TIME, Sept. 13), it turns out to be a pretty entertaining comedy-drama.

The setting is the Western Reserve, in the early 1800s, when the West was in Ohio. Widower David Harvey (William Holden) buys Bondwoman Rachel (Loretta Young) for $22, marries...

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