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Stranger In Town

Starring: Frank Morgan & Richard Carlson Director: Roy Rowland
A vacationing Supreme Court judge stumbles upon a small town filled with corrupt politicians.
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Stranger In Town
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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You know him as the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but now "The-Man-Behind-The-Curtain" Frank Morgan is the fed-up and disgruntled Supreme Court Justice John Josephus Grant in director Ray Rowland's Capra-esque fable, A Stranger In Town.

In a small town politically corrupt and riddled with graft, the noble judge cannot resist helping local lawyer and serviceman-to-be, Bill Adams (Richard Carlson) run a clean campaign against the despotic Mayor James Connison (Robert Barrat) and his council of crooked citizens. A final courtroom showdown leads to an eloquent speech by Justice Grant about the burning responsibilities of United States citizenship, the miracle of democratic government - of, for and by the people, and the dangers of political and social indifference.

Product Description:

Character actor Frank Morgan stars as Supreme Court Justice John Josephus Grant, a man who decides to take a vacation from a grueling and busy work schedule to go hunting. While visiting a small town near by Justice Grant meets a young candidate for mayor and decides to take him under his wing and use his political influence to help the honest young man defeat his many corrupt opponents.

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Political | Politics | Romance | Small Towns

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.1
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Rating 3.0 Would-be Capra-esque Movie Lover: from Columbia, MD US -- November, 2, 2004

If you've read the summary, that's pretty much it. Supreme Court justice on vacation notices much wrong with small town where he's hunting, and links up with young reformist mayoral candidate.

One problem is that the candidate is such a dimwit. Moreover, he's apparently draft age and likely to be inducted soon, which I guess is supposed to get the audience's sympathy, but in those circumstances, what business does he have running for any public office?

The other problem is predictability. At the vital moment, the incognito Supreme whispers his Big Secret into someone's ear and this solves all the problems. Our young mayor-candidate hero in the meantime has a fainting spell.

Despite everything, Frank Morgan's Supreme is a likeable codger and the flick half-works if you watch it with half a brain.


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  • Sales Rank: 10,106
  • UPC: 089218447593
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