Review: ‘Stranger’s Return’

It is the story [from the novel by Phil Stong] of a New York girl who goes west after she leaves her husband, finds a new love, but loses out when the hero leaves to avoid temptation since he does not want to injure his wife and son, despite his greater love for his new idol.

It is the story [from the novel by Phil Stong] of a New York girl who goes west after she leaves her husband, finds a new love, but loses out when the hero leaves to avoid temptation since he does not want to injure his wife and son, despite his greater love for his new idol.

Supplementing, or rather overshadowing the love interest, is a rare well-written story of a somewhat eccentric old farmer plagued by his fortune-seeking relatives who hover about the farm waiting the death of their prospective victim.

As the farmer Lionel Barrymore has a role he fits. Even his false whiskers are forgiven. Barrymore carries the bulk of the story. Miriam Hopkins is not as fortunate. She is natural for the greater part, but fails at times in the lighter phases.

Franchot Tone is a likable hero, always in command of his scenes. No faulty performance in the entire cast.

Stranger's Return

Production

M-G-M. Director King Vidor; Producer King Vidor; Screenplay Brown Holmes, Phil Stong; Camera William Daniels; Editor Dick Fantl; Art Director Frederic Hope

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Lionel Barrymore Miriam Hopkins Franchot Tone Stuart Erwin Irene Hervey Beulah Bondi
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