The Stranger's Return

The Stranger's Return
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Lucien Hubbard
Written by Philip Stong (novel/screenplay)
Brown Holmes
Starring Miriam Hopkins
Lionel Barrymore
Franchot Tone
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Richard Fantl
Ben Lewis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • July 21, 1933 (1933-07-21)[1]
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $300,000[2]
Box office $630,000[2]

The Stranger's Return is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film released by MGM and starring Miriam Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore and Franchot Tone. Miriam Hopkins was loaned out to MGM for this picture while under contract to Paramount.


Miriam Hopkins plays Louise Starr, who gets divorced from her husband and returns to the home she left on a farm where she reunites with her grandfather. He introduces her to Guy Crane with whom she falls in love; however, he is married.



The New York Times called the film "a shrewd, delightful and altogether effective entertainment, with a hearty and brilliant performance by Lionel Barrymore as the season's liveliest octogenarian."[3] Variety declared it "an outstanding production from the three angles of story, production and acting, in spite of the, from some angles, unsatisfactory ending."[4] John Mosher of The New Yorker wrote a mixed review that faulted the plot: "Though the film is longish, too long, we want more explanations of the people than are given."[5] Harrison's Reports wrote that although the film "offers some good character studies, particularly the one portrayed by Lionel Barrymore as a self-willed old man, it is too slow for the masses," adding that it was difficult to sympathize with the love affair "because the hero is married to a very decent woman."[6]

Box office

The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $630,000: $439,000 from the US and Canada and $191,000 elsewhere. It made a profit of $106,000.[2]


  1. "The Stranger's Return". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. "Movie Review - The Stranger's Return". The New York Times. July 28, 1933. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  4. "Film Reviews". Variety. New York: Variety, Inc. August 1, 1933. p. 14.
  5. Mosher, John (August 5, 1933). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker. New York: F-R Publishing Corp. p. 40.
  6. "Stranger's Return". Harrison's Reports. August 5, 1933. p. 123.
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