Strange Intruder

Synopsis: During the Korean War, a soldier promises his dying buddy that he'll look after the man's family when he gets home. He winds up getting more than he bargained for.
82 min

( man screaming )


( slow theme playing )

Hey, you, doctor

( chuckles )

You see, no more

can you, uh, complain, doctor,

that your sick

have no beds to lie on.

( whistles )

There are their beds.

( chuckling )

Plenty air.


like mattress, huh?

( laughs )

You no like?

Oh, yes, sure.

As you say, they are nice,

springy, plenty of ventilation.

What more can a man ask

to die on?

( laughing )

You see, doctor, we know how to

look after our guests in Korea.



Oh, heh, Adrian.

How's your leg?

I haven't been thinking

about it much today.

I think

I'd like to sit down.


Couldn't you have kept it

out of the dirt?

I've no more bandages.

I'm sorry, I suppose

I could have. I'll wash it out.

You've got to keep

your trouser off that leg.

As if that'll matter

in all this filth.

And I asked that swine today

if I could go into the forest.

thought I might be able

to find some plant or herb

out of which

I could make something.

He just laughed.

( scoffs )

Three more died today.

Why not let them die?

Don't say that,

do you hear?

The only weapon we have left

against these animals is life.

We've got to live,

all of us.

Look, Paul, you have

your talent, your music.

They must not kill that.

( slow theme playing )

And I've got my children.

Heh, Johnny and Libby,

and mom and dad and Meg.

What a wonderful life

to go back to.

Tell me

about them again.

You are a dreamer,

aren't you?

There's nothing

I haven't told you about them.

Well, well, show me

Johnny and Libby again.

( chuckles )

Libby and Johnny.

And Libby's kisses

were always so wet

that you had to wipe

your face.

And she had a rag dog

called Wo-wo,

( chuckles )

and the stuffing was always

coming out of him, heh.

I must live through this.

That other man

must never have them. Never.

I'd sooner...

You've never told me

anything about your wife.

Alice? Well, there's

nothing to tell.

Doc. It's Klein,

you better hurry.

( slow theme playing )

( man breathing heavily )



What can I do,

with nothing but my hands.

Doc. Doc.

It's all right, Al, I'm here.

I can't see.

It's, ugh, getting dark.

I'm afraid.

Oh, there's nothing

to be afraid of, son.

You just hold on

tight, huh?

It won't be dark

for long.

I can't...

Watch it!

( tense theme playing )

On your feet, pigs!

( laughs )

On your feet.


( laughing )

Get him up.

I said get him up!

Just a minute.

( speaks

in foreign language )

I said stand up, up!

You're too late.

Hey, hey, Al,

he wants to box you.

He doesn't realize

you're a Golden Glove champ!

So you want to box, huh,

well, I'll show you how to box!

( grunting )

( screaming

in foreign language)

( Adrian groaning )

Remember, Paul,

once that sentry goes,

you've only got ten seconds.

( suspenseful

theme playing )



( sighs )

( plane engine droning )

Put out the lights.

( bombs explode )

They're after

the ammunition dump.

Let's help them!

( tense theme playing )

( grunts )

( shouting indistinctly )

( gunfire )

( groaning and screaming )


It's all right, Adrian,

I'm here, you're all right.

The watch, the key.

Take them.

You'll be all right--

Take them, take them.


what you've always said,

that we must live.

We've got

to get out of here.


Mom, Meg and dad,

kiss them for me.

And the children,

promise me--

We've still

got a chance.

Promise me.

He must never have them,

better they die than that,

do you hear?

Better they die.



Promise. Promise!

John and Libby better dead.


I promise.

Alice. Alice...

( slow theme playing )

You're English,

aren't you, Paul?

Yes, sir, but I became

naturalized before I enlisted.

No relatives

in this country?

No, sir.


that's too bad.

I was hoping you might have

someone close to you

in this area.

You see, Paul,

the Committee feels

that we've tried

every therapy here

and our job is done.

Now it's up to you to

try and adjust yourself

to your own surroundings,

to face the outside world,

to try again to live as

a happy, useful citizen.

This won't be easy at first,

so we'll take it in small doses.

Yes, sir.

Well, Paul,

this weekend is yours.

You may go wherever you like,

do whatever appeals to you.

Do you think you're ready?

Yes, sir,

I'd like that very much.

All right,

get along with you.

Report back to us at 8:00,

Monday morning.

Is that all, sir?

That's all.

Oh, doctor,

here's Mr. Quentin's card.

Oh, yes, take this, and if you

need any of us, just call.

Good luck.


( slow theme playing )

( theme swells

dramatically )


Well, you're here, Paul.

It's a nice little town,

isn't it?

( slow theme playing )

You'll like it here.

There's my home. Exactly

as I told you it would be.

397 Woodlawn, Ambersport.

You'll like it here,

you'll like it here.

Go right in, go right in,

the door's never locked,

go right in.

Remember the key I gave you?

It fits that clock.

It's a comfortable room,

isn't it?

And it has so much love in it,

so much love.

Remember that?

I won it at the fair

when I was 10,

throwing pennies

into a saucer.

And Alice is here too.

But I don't have to tell you

that's Alice, do I?

That's Alice. That's Alice.

You never knew me when I

looked like this, did you?

lean, healthy

and very, very happy.

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Warren Douglas

Warren Douglas (July 29, 1911 – November 15, 1997) was an American film actor and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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