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"A Stranger's Return" from 1933 stars Miriam Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore, and Franchot Tone, and is directed by King Vidor.
Hopkins plays Louise Storr, a divorcée who leaves the big city, New York, and comes to visit her grandfather's (Lionel Barrymore) farm to get back to her roots. She doesn't intend to stay.
Grandpa Storr is thrilled to see her and wants her to stay. She meets his neighbor (Tone), an educated man with a wife and child, and there's an instant attraction. Like her, he loves theater and they relate on a different level from him and his wife. They realize they're in love.
Other people aren't really interested in having Louise stick around. And abruptly, Grandpa starts acting demented, and there's a move afoot to have him committed.
Funny and touching, this precode touches on two no-nos later on, divorce and adultery, but of course it's nothing today. Lionel Barrymore is hilarious as Grandpa, and he and Tone have wonderful banter as friends who pretend to be enemies. *Come over at 7 for dinner," Guy says "It will give me time to count the silverware and hide the valuables." "Why?" Grandpa asks. "Afraid I'll recognize my own stuff?" Both of them give charming performances.
Miriam Hopkins is at her most beautiful here, giving a lyrical performance as Louise. Such a wonderful actress - by her acting, we see the character's backstory of hurt due to her divorce. She's a gentle woman, capable of deep love. Hopkins had a long and prolific Broadway career and brought her training to film, playing a variety of roles. One of my favorites is her as the aunt in "The Heiress."
Catch this when it's on TCM.
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