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Welcome Stranger (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 June 1947 (USA)
Crusty Dr. McRory of Fallbridge, Maine hires a replacement for his vacation sight unseen. Alas, he and young singing doctor Jim Pearson don't hit it off; but Pearson is delighted to stay, ... See full summary »

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Writers:

Frank Butler (story), N. Richard Nash (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Dr. James 'Jim' Pearson
Joan Caulfield ... Trudy Mason
Barry Fitzgerald ... Dr. Joseph McRory
Wanda Hendrix ... Emily Walters
Frank Faylen ... Bill Walters
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Gilley
Robert Shayne ... Roy Chesley
Larry Young Larry Young ... Dr. Ronnie Jenks
Percy Kilbride ... Nat Dorkas
Charles Dingle ... Charles 'C.J.' Chesley
Don Beddoe ... Mort Elkins
Thurston Hall ... Congressman Beeker
Lillian Bronson ... Miss Lennek
Mary Field ... Secretary
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Daniels
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Storyline

Crusty Dr. McRory of Fallbridge, Maine hires a replacement for his vacation sight unseen. Alas, he and young singing doctor Jim Pearson don't hit it off; but Pearson is delighted to stay, once he meets teacher Trudy Mason. The locals, taking their cue from McRory, cold-shoulder Pearson, especially Trudy's stuffy fiancée. But then, guess who needs an emergency appendectomy? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benvenuto straniero! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 5, 1954 with Barry Fitzgerald reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Gilley: Picture show's on Tuesday.
Jim Pearson: What's showing Tuesday?
Mrs. Gilley: Some picture with Bob Hope in it.
Jim Pearson: I'll wait 'til a week from Tuesday.
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Connections

Featured in Off Limits (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

COUNTRY STYLE
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby; square-danced by cast
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Light and humorous small-town story of doctors and romance
28 June 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

This is a comfortable homespun story about a new doctor, Jim Pearson (Crosby), arriving in town to fill in for the older doctor who needs a vacation. At first Pearson doesn't quite fit in with the local townsfolk yet once he meets the pretty teacher, Trudy, he decides it's worth staying. Barry Fitzgerald takes on the role of crusty Dr. McRory who doesn't get along with or approve of his replacement, Pearson. Given time though events make him reconsider his first impressions. There is a liberal sprinkling of Bing's mellow crooning and even at one point grumpy Barry joins in the singing surprisingly. An enjoyable movie for any Crosby fans, as well as those who appreciate the delightful display of Barry's Irish wit.


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