6.3/10
84
5 user 1 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Frank Morgan, Richard Carlson, Jean Rogers
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton's niece elude the police when she's unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price
Crime | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West
Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, John Lund, Mary Anderson
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Commercial artist Daisy Kenyon is involved with married lawyer Dan O'Mara, and hopes someday to marry him, if he ever divorces his wife Lucille. She meets returning veteran Peter, a decent ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman's attempt to appear innocent and sweet clashes with her lover who sees through her act and the wealthy man she tries to trick into marrying her.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan
Rain (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt
Time Table (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Arizona, a train's baggage car is robbed of a large payroll, prompting an investigation led by a railroad official-insurance investigator team.

Director: Mark Stevens
Stars: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr
Red Light (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The former employee of a trucking company, currently in prison for embezzling the company, plans his eventual revenge against his former boss.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ulysses Crickle
...
Marian Crickle
...
Jerry Fleming
...
J.B. Hilliker
...
Elmer
...
Brice
...
Mrs. Petrick
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

small town | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1931 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film talkie debut for Charles 'Chic' Sale. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the Boilsville Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Remember the Depression?
22 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Chic Sale was a major Vaudeville star who also appeared on Broadway and in silent films. In this 1931 film from Warners, Sale made his feature-film talkie debut after a few shorts.

He plays Ulysses Crickle, a man who stops "going west" when he gets a boil on his butt from riding in a Conestoga wagon. He decides the start a town on the spot. Fifty years later, we see Crickle as the leading citizen of his Arkansas town. He's the postmaster and he owns the general store. His granddaughter (Ann Dvorak) comes home from business college, and everything seems fine.

But being 1931, things are changing fast. A chain supermarket decides to open a store in town, right across the street from Crickle's. The man sent to open the store (David Manners) falls for Dvorak and becomes Crickle's enemy. The chain store, being a big corporation, fights dirty to drive Crickle out of business. Crickle can't compete with their prices so he institutes a barter system so the locals can get food even when they have no money. Of course Manners is innocent of his company's shenanigans and helps Crickle beat them in the end.

Interesting 1931 looks at the rise of chain stores and how how they ruined local "mom and pop" businesses and also the barter system, which was a fact of life for many during the Depression.

Sale is quite good as Crickle in a role that could have been played by Will Rogers. Dvorak and Manners are good as the young lovers, though they don't have much to do. Other town folks include Noah Beery as Crickle's nemesis, Maude Eburne as the widow with romance on her mind, Raymond Hatton as the wiseguy, Lyle Talbot as the corporate man, and Ben Hall as the store clerk. J. Farrell MacDonald, Louise Carter, Jessie Arnold, Wilfred Lucas, Dorothy Vernon, and Margaret Mann also appear.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial