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A Stranger in Town (1943)

Passed | | Drama , Romance | April 1943 (USA)
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

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (original screenplay), William Kozlenko (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan ... John Josephus Grant
Richard Carlson ... Bill Adams
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)
Chill Wills ... Charles Craig
Irving Bacon ... Orrin Todds
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Henry
Gladys Blake ... Birdie
John Hodiak ... Hart Ridges
Edward Keane ... Blaxton's Lawyer
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Storyline

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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Love and the law in a terrific tangle! It's Frank Morgan's heart-warming best! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ilustre incógnito See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Yule, who played the uncredited barber in A Stranger in Town, was the father of Mickey Rooney (Joe Yule, Jr.) See more »

Goofs

When Bill leaves the front desk at the hotel to go upstairs he didn't take his hotel key. But when he came back down stairs he tossed his key on the desk as he left the hotel. See more »

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What a wonderful surprise of a movie!
6 September 2013 | by kalibeansSee all my reviews

Looking for something to watch on a Friday evening while feeling ill I ran across this wonderful little gem I had dvr'd earlier in the week solely because it had Frank Morgan AND Richard Carlson. My mind wanted to see The Wizard of Oz meets the man who fights The Creature from the Black Lagoon and how well they would be together! TCM had given it only 3 stars so I was not expecting much and the first 90% of the film was entertaining enough, a solid 3 star movie. Amusing to envision a time when a Supreme Court Justice would not be instantly recognized by the Mayberry-esque type town mayor and judge (even if the quaint town does have some shady goings on). No googling in that day and age! Then we reach the last 10 minutes of the film. Which if I could rate the film ONLY on those last 10 minutes it would be a solid 5 stars. Frank Morgan delivers a speech that will move and inspire you. Gave me chills to hear a monologue from a man written and spoken over 60 years ago that could be a headline of this evenings news. The problems he spoke about are exactly the problems our nation is facing today. Touched me so profoundly I played it over and over until I got every word written down and then posted it online to my friends. Bottom line, a nice enough little film from the early 40's with a magnificent ending. Worth watching with your children for not only does it address some current political problems but also bullying.


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