Stranger in the House (1973) - GO 140


Director: Norbert Meisel            AKA: The Adultress
Rarity:* * *Desirability: * *
Run time: 82min 52sec Review Rating: *
Production date: 1973 GO release date: 1982
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Adverts & Articles: Genre: Drama
Original Price: £ Current market Value: £30 - £40

Useless Info

Dont underestimate the obscurity of this release, if you intend to collect the Go titles this will not be easy to track down, it has a very low desirability rating, is unknown in collectpors circles and numbers in existance are very low indeed.

Shot Glass Review

They certainly don’t come much more bizarre than this remarkably dull effort from actor turned filmmaker, Norbert Meisel. The story hinges upon the shenanigans of a young drifter named Hank (Eric Braeden) who lends a helping hand to Carl (Greg Morton), an elderly drunk. Driving the bum home, Hank is quickly invited to spend the night by Inez, Carl’s wife (lusciously portrayed by a young Tyne Daly). Before long, Hank is graced with Carl’s remarkable generosity, and is offered paid work on his expansive farm, performing odd fix-it type jobs – which have the added benefit of full access to his lovely young missus! This sweaty and "educational" ménage et trios soon turns serious, as Inez falls in love with the young stud. Carl’s jealousy becomes increasingly apparent as disaster looms for all concerned…

This must have been a work of some seriousness for Meisel, who also produced and co-wrote (with Stranger in the House star Greg Morton) the screenplay. Produced by Cinema Overseas, an obscure production company who strangely had a hand in Meisel’s Walking the Edge – a tense thriller with Jackie Brown Oscar nominee Robert Forster which was one of only a handful of productions this particular filmmaker committed to celluloid.

Stranger in the House was shown theatrically as “The Adulteress”, as distributed by Leeds based Cinecenta Film Distributors who handled Franco Prosperi’s controversial Goodbye Uncle Tom (Seen theatrically as “Uncle Tom”) during the same year. There was little doubt that Tyne Daly was destined for far better things than this muddled mess; the actress soon appeared in James Fargo’s The Enforcer, paired with Clint Eastwood's Harry Callaghan as his ill-fated sidekick, Kate. This undoubtedly paved the way for her starring role as Detective Lacey in the multi award-winning cop series, Cagney and Lacey. Also noteworthy is Greg Morton’s contribution to one of daytime television’s inexplicable success stories; at the time of writing, the actor has appeared in an astonishing 1,296 episodes of CBS’ fictitious The Young and the Restless, spanning some thirty years! (1980 – 2010)

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