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The Stranger's Return(1933)

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  • The Stranger's Return

    • Antonio Allen
    • 10/18/16

    It just so happened that I am on vacation this week and decided to get up early Tuesday morning and watch some tv. The station was set to the TCM channel from the previous night so I was curious about the movie that was on at 6:30am. I was immediately drawn to the character of Grandpa Storr played by Lionel Barrymore. He reminded my in some of his cantankerous ways of my beloved Granny, whom I lost, at 100 years of age and four months, in April! He was at once funny, spirited and very real, just like my Granny. The scenes between Grandpa and Louise (Miriam Hopkins) reminded me of Granny and myself whom I had been with for nearly 47 years. It made me cry, smile and laugh all at once. My brave Mother and I took care of Granny till her leaving this earth. Granny left me her home, which is why this movie touched a cord in my so deeply!The moments with Louise and Guy were also moving to me, love found, forbidden, lost but forever in each others memory. I can relate with those moment too. Even though this movie is over 80 years old and of course the acting style has changed through the generation's, this movie is a timeless classic that I eagerly look forward to seeing again! I give this movie five stars!

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    • 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.

  • the stranger's return

    • 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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