Cinema, Also Showing Jan. 5, 1948

Love from a Stranger (Eagle-Lion) is another of those innumerable melodramas based on the Bluebeard theme (Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux turned it into major satire). It is doubtful that anybody will want to boycott this one: it has no moral, no psychological force—and no interest.

But it is prettily dressed and decorated. Sylvia Sidney, as the target for tonight, and John Hodiak, as the maniac, play it as if they 1) wished they were elsewhere, but 2) felt that they owed some kind of minimum to their employers and their conscience as craftsmen. Supporting players are given to lines like "Yon...

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