Three Strangers

Synopsis: According to a legend, if three strangers gather before an idol of Kwan Yin (the Chinese goddess of fortune and destiny) on the night of the Chinese New Year and make a common wish, Kwan Yin will open her eyes and her heart and grant the wish. In London 1938 on the Chinese New Year, Crystal Shackleford has such an idol and decides to put the legend to the test. She picks two random strangers off the street, and puts the proposition to them. They decide that an ideal wish would be for a sweepstakes ticket they buy equal shares in to be a winner. After all, everyone needs money and a pot is very easy to divide equally, right?
Director(s): Jean Negulesco
Production: Warner Home Video
92 min

My name is-

You mustn't tell me.

Why mustn't I?

I mightn't like it.

Gay, wasn't it?

The crowd?

If you like crowds.

I don't.

Begging your pardon,

what were you doing

in it?

Looking for you.


I'm afraid I don't

quite understand.

Of course.


It's one flight up.


I'm sorry I can't

introduce you.

You see, I don't know this

gentleman's name, either.

Won't you have

a chair?

It's only whiskey.

If you don't mind,

I think I'll go.

Oh, no,

you mustn't really.

After getting you

all the way up here?

I'm sorry,

it's rather late.

Oh, please don't,


I ask you as a favor.

I played the same trick

on the other gentleman.

He doesn't seem to mind.

Oh, no.

On the contrary,

I'm having a very good time.

You don't know

each other?

No more than you and I.

I got him

off the street, too,

In much the same manner.

We're three strangers,

that's the point.

Point? What point?

Please sit down.

You can play.

Even the piano

must be astonished.

Please don't stop.

All right, I won't-

Unless it interferes with

more important things.

You're both being

very patient with me.

The reason that I

brought you up here

Was to meet Kwan yin.

She's a very ancient


The goddess of fortune

and destiny,

Of life and death.

She was given to me when my

husband and I were in the orient.

Very interesting. But what

has that to do with us?

There's a legend that

at midnight on Chinese new year,

Kwan Yin will open her eyes

and her heart to 3 strangers.

This happens to be

the night.


Why to

three strangers?

That's perhaps because in the orient,

The 3 is the symbol

of the luck principle,

Like with us

the 7.

Indeed? How did you know that?

I've managed to collect here and there

Some useless bits of information.

Open its eyes?

How can it?

It's made of bronze.

You do not believe

in miracles, I see.


Pardon me, sir,

But then what do

you believe in?

Who, me?

I believe in what

I can see.

What I can get

my hands on.

And I believe that those

things are not at all real.

Who are we to

say that

The legend of

Kwan Yin

Is any less real

than the iron

You just tapped

with your ring?


the matter?


on a match?

you see?

Well, everyone has

some silly superstition.

Then you can afford

to humor mine,

Even if that's all

it is.

Very well.

I'll stay and witness

your miracle, as you call it.

If it's to happen at midnight,

we have only 5 minutes to go.

That gives us just time

to make our wish.


Yes. I mentioned that Kwan Yin

would not only open her eyes,

But her heart as well.

Whatever we ask for

she will grant.

That's the kind

of lady I like.

The only difficulty is, it has to

be the same wish for all three of us.

What could that

possibly be?

I've been thinking

about it for several days.

You see, the wish that

I have my heart set on

Is one that I couldn't possibly

expect strangers to share.

But I found

the solution.

What one wish can make

all others come true?

It's very simple:


Money? That's all right

with me.

Although I think that you

slightly overestimate its power.

No, I have no objections to money.

How much do you


The Chinese lady can be touched for?

A few thousand


That's a very

trifling amount,

But, uh... I think

I can use it.


Do you think she would

answer a prayer like this?

A sweepstake


Anything will do,

If we have

sufficient faith.

Well, now, that would

be a proper miracle.

You know where

I got it?

I bought it from

a girl in a cafe,

Paid my last

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John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an Irish-American film director, screenwriter and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident. He returned to reside in the United States where he died. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films. Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making them both more economical and cerebral, with little editing needed. Most of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a "heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed, forming "destructive alliances," giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism and war. Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway"—a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." more…

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