When Strangers Marry

Synopsis: A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.
Director(s): William Castle
Production: Monogram Pictures
67 min

Yes, Mr. Prescott.

I know, you're the king of the jungle.

Oh, everybody knows me.

You can't have any fun around here.

What'll it be?

Bourbon, straight bourbon for everybody.

I'm king of the jungle.

That'll be a dollar, Mr. Prescott.

And it's closing time.

Don't rush me.

That's a lot of money

to be carrying around, Mr. Prescott.

Only ten grand.

I carry ten times more than that

without losing a dime.

I don't believe in banks.

I tried them, you see.

I'm gonna paint the town red tonight,

yes, siree.

And when Sam Prescott paints the town...

Oh, much obliged...

And when Sam Prescott

paints the town red...

he won't get home until morning.

I won't get home until morning.

I won't...

Maybe I won't get home at all.

Here's your chance, mister. Ask him.

What is it, friend, what's on your mind?

The town's full of conventions.

The guy can't get a room.

Who says he can't? He can use mine.

Any friend of Sam Prescott's

is a friend of mine.

Follow me, friend, just follow me.

I'm king of the jungle.

That's right.

Now take a deep breath.


Now, no fair cheating.

A deep breath, I said.

That's right, inhale...

Exhale. Now, don't you feel much better?

We're all set.

Bend, stretch, bend, stretch.

Touch your toes, bend, stretch.

Touch your toes, now.

Ah, you can do it. That's better.

Bend, tretch. Bend, stretch.

Bend, stretch...


Look now, I've got 26 rooms to clean

and I can't upset my schedule.

Please, Mr. Prescott, don't be difficult.

Mr. Prescott.

Pardon me.

Excuse me, sir.

Come in.

Excuse me, folks.

The train's crowded. I wonder

if a young lady could sit here for a spell.

Oh, I guess so.

Thank you, sir.

This way, Miss.

Are you married?

This is my first trip to New York.

I was just married, too.

I mean...

You folks know what I mean.


So you were just married.


I guess it's pretty obvious.

Well, go on, tell us all about it.

Where did you first meet him?

I was working in a little restaurant

in Grantsville, Ohio...

That's where I live.

One day he just came in.

Love at first sight, eh?

No, I didn't even pay much attention to him.

It was strange.

I remember our first date.

I didn't want to go, but...

Somehow that night I just found myself

waiting for him.

We just walked. He didn't say much.

It's hard to explain, but...

I felt that same strangeness.

You mean you only met this man

3 times and then married him?


What's he do for a living?

He sells something or other,

I really don't know.

And he left you right after

you were married.

He was called away on business.

It's almost as if you had married

a stranger, isn't it?

Call for Mr. King.

Call for Mr. King.

Call for Mr. King.

Call for Mr. King.

Good morning.

Good morning.

I'm Mrs. Baxter.

Yes, Mrs. Baxter.

My husband reserved a room.

Excuse me, I'll see.

That's right.

He called in yesterday afternoon.

Room 1210.

Mr. Baxter didn't get here yet?

No, he didn't.





Thank you.

Don't, Fred, please.

What's the matter, Millie?

Just don't know how to tell you.

Tell me what?

What are you doing here?

You got my letter.

What letter?

Well, why are you here?

My husband sent for me.

Your husband?

I'm married, Fred... I didn't...

Do I know him?

I don't think so.

His name is Paul Baxter.

When were you married?

A month ago, in Grantsville.

What are you doing here at the Sherwin?

This is a salesmen's hotel.

Paul's a salesman.

So am I, remember?

That's the reason you wouldn't marry me.

Paul apparently was a better salesman.


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Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. more…

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