A Stranger Came Home

"The Unholy Four" redirects here. For the Italian spaghetti western, see Chuck Moll.
A Stranger Came Home

A poster for the film bearing its American title: The Unholy Four
Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Michael Carreras
Starring Paulette Goddard
Music by Leonard Salzedo
Cinematography Walter J. Harvey
Distributed by
Release dates
Running time
80 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 11,349 admissions (France)[1]

A Stranger Came Home, released in the United States under the title The Unholy Four, is a 1954 British film noir.[2] It was based on the novel Stranger at Home, which was credited to film actor George Sanders but was actually ghostwritten by Leigh Brackett. It was directed by Terence Fisher and starred American actress Paulette Goddard.[3]


Four friends go on a fishing trip but only three return. After an absence of four years, the fourth man, Philip Vickers, returns home an amnesiac. He tells of a "friend" who knocked him out, drugged him, and left him to die. Any one of the remaining men could be a suspect as Job Crandall, Bill Saul and Harry Bryce are all interested in Philip's attractive widow, Angie. Unfortunately, Philip's return coincides with a murder and he becomes the main suspect. Angie joins forces with her husband to help solve the mystery and clear his name.


Paulette Goddard in a publicity shot for A Stranger Came Home.

Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "A THIRD-RATE British-made whodunit called The Unholy Four, featuring Paulette Goddard and a nondescript cast...A few more fly-by-nights like this Lippert presentation, produced and written by Michael Carreras, and the still-shapely Miss Goddard may find herself collecting the pieces of a career" ;[4] Leonard Maltin called it "Muddled," ;[5] whereas Allmovie called it a "suspenseful drama." [6]


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