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The Stranger's Return (1933)

A divorcée leaves New York to visit her grandfather's farm and recover in the Midwest, where she unexpectedly falls in love with a married farmer.


King Vidor


Brown Holmes (screenplay), Philip Stong (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Grandpa Storr
Miriam Hopkins ... Louise Storr
Franchot Tone ... Guy Crane
Stuart Erwin ... Simon Bates
Irene Hervey ... Nettie Crane
Beulah Bondi ... Beatrice Storr
Grant Mitchell ... Allen Redfield
Tad Alexander ... Widdie Crane
Aileen Carlyle Aileen Carlyle ... Thelma Redfield


A divorcée leaves New York to visit her grandfather's farm and recover in the Midwest, where she unexpectedly falls in love with a married farmer.

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The soul of America is in this stalwart character, the greatest and most lovable ever portrayed by Lionel Barrymore. (Print Ad- Plattsburg Daily Republican, ((Plattsburg, NY)) 12 September 1933)


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

September 1934 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso de la forastera See more »

Filming Locations:

Chino, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


MGM borrowed Miriam Hopkins from Paramount for this film. See more »


In the interior scene where Tone drives Hopkins back to granddad's farm, the back-projected dirt road is clearly seen through the rear window of the auto. Switching to an exterior shot, Tone stops the car to open a gate, drive the car through, close the gate and continue driving. The next interior shot with the rear window, however, shows only the same dirt road already seen, with no gated fence receding in the distance, as it should. See more »


Guy Crane: [final line] You're a grand girl!
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lovely film
12 October 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"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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