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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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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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Frank Morgan's greatest role...as a judge who takes time out to battle crooks...and untangle romance! A screenful of laughs and heart-throbs! 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:

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Monday 2 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 31 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by New York City 19 March 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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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A Very Entertaining Little Film
14 July 2004 | by SgtSchultz00See all my reviews

"A Stranger in Town" turns out to be a pleasant surprise. I originally viewed it to see Frank (The Wizard of Oz) Morgan in a starring role, and did not have any grand expectations. But it turned out to be a droll little film, quite entertaining.

The whole plot is predicated on the general anonymity of Supreme Court justices. Does anyone know what they look like? Can anyone even name all 9? Along the way, we get a look and some commentary on small town American life in the 1940s, as well as a Capra-esque speech by Morgan near the end of the film.

Their is also some requisite romantic interest thrown in, which is quite incidental and was probably just added to stretch out the running time. The film also has Porter Hall, who played the heel in "Miracle on 34th St." and the heel in "The Thin Man", playing, you guessed it, a heel.

Overall, a very pleasant way to spend 70 minutes. Give it a view when you get the chance.


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