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A Stranger in Town (1943)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  April 1943 (USA)
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In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets ... See full summary »

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Jean Rogers ...
Lucy Gilbert
Porter Hall ...
Judge Austin Harkley
Robert Barrat ...
Mayor Connison
Donald MacBride ...
Vinnie Z. Blaxton
Walter Baldwin ...
Tom Cooney
Andrew Tombes ...
Roscoe Swade
Olin Howland ...
Homer Todds (as Olin Howlin)
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Charles Craig
Irving Bacon ...
Orrin Todds
Eddie Dunn ...
Henry
Gladys Blake ...
Birdie
John Hodiak ...
Hart Ridges
Edward Keane ...
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In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets help from a visiting hunter who, unknown to Adams and the rest of the town, is actually vacationing supreme court justice John Josephus Grant. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Ilustre Incógnito  »

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Walter Baldwin, who played the part of Tom Cooney in this movie, 17 years later played Floyd the barber in an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. This was the only episode that Floyd wasn't played by Howard McNear. Coincidentally the title of the episode (season 1 episode 12) was "Stranger in town". It aired December 26 1960. Seventeen years after the movie "A Stranger in Town". Additionally in that episode of TAGS Marlene Willis played the part of Lucy Matthews and Pat Colby played Bill Matthews. In the 1943 movie two of the central characters were Lucy(Gilbert)and Bill(Adams). See more »

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A dandy little film with a restrained performance by Frank Morgan
2 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Oddly, this film stars Frank Morgan as a Supreme Court justice! He's on vacation and runs afoul of a small town's corrupt administration. The crooked judge, mayor and their henchmen don't realize who Morgan is, so he's able to see first-hand their under-handed tactics. Because of their abuse of political power, Morgan decides to stick around and assist a naive young lawyer (Richard Carlson) in his bid to become mayor. At first, they are pretty much ignored, though in time, when the race for mayor seems tight, the old mayor unleashed a wave of dirty tricks--not realizing that Morgan holds the ultimate trump card.

I had a hard time deciding whether to score this one a 7 or an 8. It was very good--particularly for a B-movie. Being a "B", it is a relatively short picture (only 67 minutes) but unlike many Bs it has excellent production values (especially the writing) and is very entertaining. About the only knock against it is that I thought the fight scenes were a bit too "slapsticky" and didn't exactly integrate well into the rest of the picture. Still, it's a dandy performance by Frank Morgan, as he's more restrained (i.e., less "hammy") than in most of his starring vehicles--well worth seeing and a lot of fun--as well as a decent civics lesson.


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