Win A Copy Of ‘Rachel And The Stranger’ Blu-ray

Two of the Golden Age’s most iconic – and laconic! – leading men vie for the attentions of one of its loveliest – and strongest – leading ladies in this Western romance directed by Norman Foster. Straight arrow Christian frontiersman widower “Big Davey” Harvey (Holden) purchases bondservant Rachel (Loretta Young) for 18 dollars to act as his wife and a mother to his young son Davey (Gary Gray). It’s a marriage in name only until family friend, the mountain man Jim Fairways (Robert Mitchum) comes calling. Equal parts drama and Western, Rachel and The Stranger gives it’s leads time to inhabit their roles and layer on nuance before exploding in a riveting Western climax. And it’s never looked better than it does on this brand-new presentation sourced from original nitrate! Also, did we mention Mitchum sings? This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.

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