Rachel and the Stranger

Rachel and the Stranger

Norman Foster (1948)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This utterly charming quasi-western is distinguished by one of Robert Mitchum's most likeable, deceptively throwaway roles, as the itinerant tracker who momentarily comes between husband and wife William Holden and Loretta Young. Mitchum's vocal talents are given full rein here; indeed, he had a hit record of sorts in the duet he performs with youngster Gary Gray, Just Like Me. Sadly, its fame, as so often happens, outlived the film from which it came.


A widowed pioneer acquires a servant, and proposes a marriage of convenience purely so that his son can have a mother. However, the disregard he has for her starts to fade when a friend comes to visit and arouses his jealousy by taking a liking to her. Western, starring Loretta Young, William Holden and Robert Mitchum.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Harvey Loretta Young
Big Davey Harvey William Holden
Jim Fairways Robert Mitchum
Little Davey Harvey Gary Gray
Parson Jackson Tom Tully
Mrs Jackson Sara Haden
Mr Green Frank Ferguson
Gallus Walter Baldwin
Director Norman Foster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd