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The Stranger's Return(1933)

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  • Hidden Gem

    • Laura Ellis
    • 10/15/14

    I viewed this film for the first time last night. What a gem of a film! The writing, the acting, the nuances of character and situation were all just delightful. Miriam Hopkins is absolutely charming as is Lionel Barrymore. This is one of my newly discovered favorite classic movies.

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    • kevin sellers
    • 10/15/14

    I see I'm the first one to review this film. Hmm. Ok, here goes: Not bad. Love King Vidor's direction. The Thomas Hardy-esque threshers lunch scene alone is worth the price of admission. Also, Miriam Hopkins, whom I've always felt was an under-rated actress, is quite good as a New Yorker who returns to her Iowa roots after leaving her husband. Hopkins manages to convincingly portray both halves of this character, the sophisticated city gal and the dreamer/idealist who could chuck it all for rural life. Also good is Stu Irwin, whom I remember from bad 50s TV sit coms, as a drunken hired man. Not as good is Franchot Tone as the married farmer love interest of Hopkins. Maybe it's the east coast accent, but I can't imagine a more miscast Iowa farmer, even one who's been to college. It's a part crying out for James Stewart. Maybe that's why the love scenes between him and Hopkins were a bit on the dull side. And Lionel Barrymore has been the curmudgeon so often that I was hoping that maybe he'd soft peddle it for a change, a hope that was in vain. All in all, I'd give it a B minus. P.S. The last line in the movie, spoken by Tone, is truly banal.

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