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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 ...
Blaxton's Lawyer
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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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More Passion than courtroom smarts
26 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Frank Morgan who since The Great Cellini played mostly bumbling fools in film took a somewhat serious turn in his career with this B film from his studio MGM. A Stranger In Town casts Morgan as a Supreme Court Justice who comes to a small town for a hunting vacation. When he gets shaken down for a local hunting license Morgan takes a hand in the local reform movement to get the gang of crooks led by Mayor Robert Barrat.

The reform candidate for mayor against Barrat is Richard Carlson an eager young lawyer with more passion than courtroom smarts. But getting tutelage from a Supreme Court Justice albeit incognito certainly stood him in good stead. That and a little romance from Justice Morgan's law clerk Jean Rogers.

Some of the other members of the cast are such familiar character players as Irving Bacon, Andrew Toombes, Donald MacBride, Olin Howland, and Chill Wills that cast is guaranteed entertainment. Of particular note is Porter Hall playing a corrupt judge who gets an opportunity to get out from under and takes it gratefully. John Hodiak made his feature film debut in A Stranger In Town.

A Stranger In Town is a Capra-lite like comedy which holds up well even in these more sophisticated times.


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