The Stranger's Return

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The Stranger's Return
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Directed byKing Vidor
Produced byLucien Hubbard
Written byPhilip Stong (novel/screenplay)
Brown Holmes
StarringMiriam Hopkins
Lionel Barrymore
Franchot Tone
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byRichard Fantl
Ben Lewis
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 21, 1933 (1933-07-21)[1]
Running time
89 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$300,000[2]
Box office$630,000[2]

The Stranger's Return is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Miriam Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore and Franchot Tone. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Miriam Hopkins was loaned out to MGM for the picture while under contract to Paramount.

Premise[edit]

Miriam Hopkins plays Louise Storr, who gets divorced from her husband and returns to the home she left on a farm where she reunites with her grandfather. He introduces her to Guy Crane with whom she falls in love; however, he is married.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The New York Times called the film "a shrewd, delightful and altogether effective entertainment, with a hearty and brilliant performance by Lionel Barrymore as the season's liveliest octogenarian."[3] Variety declared it "an outstanding production from the three angles of story, production and acting, in spite of the, from some angles, unsatisfactory ending."[4] John Mosher of The New Yorker wrote a mixed review that faulted the plot: "Though the film is longish, too long, we want more explanations of the people than are given."[5] Harrison's Reports wrote that although the film "offers some good character studies, particularly the one portrayed by Lionel Barrymore as a self-willed old man, it is too slow for the masses," adding that it was difficult to sympathize with the love affair "because the hero is married to a very decent woman."[6]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $630,000: $439,000 from the US and Canada and $191,000 elsewhere. It made a profit of $106,000.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Stranger's Return". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ "Movie Review - The Stranger's Return". The New York Times. July 28, 1933. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Film Reviews". Variety. New York: Variety, Inc. August 1, 1933. p. 14.
  5. ^ Mosher, John (August 5, 1933). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker. New York: F-R Publishing Corp. p. 40.
  6. ^ "Stranger's Return". Harrison's Reports. August 5, 1933. p. 123.

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