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Stranger in Town (1931)

TV-PG | | Drama | 6 August 1931 (USA)
Ulysses Crickle owns a small town grocery store, doubling as the post office, dealing with the peculiarities of the townspeople. Jerry Fleming arrives to run a rival business and to romance Crickle's granddaughter Marian.

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Ulysses Crickle
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Marian Crickle
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Jerry Fleming
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J.B. Hilliker
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Elmer
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Brice
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Mrs. Petrick
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Ulysses Crickle owns a small town grocery store, doubling as the post office, dealing with the peculiarities of the townspeople. Jerry Fleming arrives to run a rival business and to romance Crickle's granddaughter Marian.

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Crickle receives a letter stating he will lose his post office role starting June 01. After he loses this job there is a time passing montage of pages coming off of a wall calendar. However the montage starts with the May calendar page but it must already be at least June. See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the Boilsville Band
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Pretty Basic Early Talkie
9 August 2011 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

The story of a man who stops his wagon in the middle of nowhere and starts a town in the late 1800's. Next thing you know it's fifty years later and the man, Ulysses Crickle, has become the proprietor/postmaster of the combined general store/post office.

Crickle's grand daughter returns to town, traveling with a man who opens a new modern store to compete with Crickle. Old man Crickle can't compete with the big store, and then the troubles just seem to pile on to drive him to ruin.

As the Great Depression kicks in, Crickle devises a plan to get back in the game. The movie plays out pretty well with some humor and sentiment. Charles Sale plays the old codger role very convincingly. As was often the case for Depression era movies, it all works out well in the end.

This showed today on TCM, which has a good reputation for getting great copies of old films, but this one was a little rough, with some scratches and momentary sound drop outs, but was otherwise quite watchable. Pretty good condition really, considering the film is 80 years old.


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