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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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Stars: Charles 'Chic' Sale, Dickie Moore, Lois Wilson


Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
Ulysses Crickle
Marian Crickle
Jerry Fleming
J.B. Hilliker
Mrs. Petrick


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 »


Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Sung by the folks outside the general store
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Nothing to Get Excited About....
30 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Long before Bette Davis was even important enough to go on suspension Ann did it first, rebelling at the amount of mediocre roles she was given and the fact that the little boy in "Three on a Match" earned more than she did!! Most interesting aspect is that when Warners gave up and started putting her in any old role that came along, they proved some of her most interesting - "Housewife", "Massacre", "Dr. Socrates" and "Blind Alley". Certainly not bits of mediocrity like "Stranger in Town", where she was definitely just "the girl" and not having enough screen time to put her unique stamp on a role that any ingenue could have played.

Being a "Chic" Sale movie, he has plenty of chances to spout his home spun philosophy about America being for Americans and "over here we all speak the same language" etc. He plays Ulysses Crickle, an amiable old timer who runs the post office and the only general store in town. That is until a "stranger" Jerry Fleming (David Manners) comes to town, employed to run a cut price grocery store - in direct competition to Crickle's!!!!

Marian (beautiful Ann Dvorak) is home from business school and desperate to put some of her ideas to practical use to spruce up her Grandpa's store and lure back his old customers who have taken their trade to the newer store. The grand opening of "Crickle's Modern Grocery" is over before it begins as the small store cannot compete with the cheaper prices of it's opposition. Grandpa then organises a Farmer's Market to help people on the land who are doing it tough because of the recent bank closures. The cut price grocery starts to feel the pinch and brings in ruthless trouble shooter (Lyle Talbot) who along with the grouchy sheriff (Noah Beery) set in motion a plan to cut off supplies to the little co-op. Mild mannered Jerry, who incidentally has married Marian, doesn't like the tactics of the cut price store and joins forces with Grandpa and in a climatic scene that was repeated in John Wayne's "Lawless Range". brings much needed supplies to the struggling farmers.

This movie is nothing to get excited about and Ann would have to wait until "Three on a Match" for a punchy, unforgettable role.

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