Strange Lady in Town

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Greer Garson's first non-MGM starring vehicle was the stylish western Strange Lady in Town. That lady is Julia (Garson), who arrives in 1880 New Mexico to set up practice as a doctor. The townsfolk are not only resistant to the notion of a lady sawbones, but they become downright hostile when Julia turns out to be a tireless advocate of the Women's Suffrage movement. Rival doctor O'Brien (Dana Andrews) doesn't feel that there's any room in the medical profession for ladies; his personal feelings for the lovely Julia are another matter. Faced with such roadblocks as prejudice, ignorance and downright stupidity, Julia nonetheless perseveres with O'Brien eventually seeing things her way. When Julia's hotheaded younger brother David (Cameron Mitchell) turns outlaw, the townspeople are prepared to ride her out of town on a rail, but she is rescued by the intervention of the local Mexicans and Indians, who have accepted her presence and her ministrations without reservation. Hmmmm . . . could Strange Lady in Town be the direct ancestor of TV's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman?

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Cast

Greer Garson
as Dr. Julia Winslow Garth
Dana Andrews
as Dr. Rork O'Brien
Cameron Mitchell
as David Garth
Lois Smith
as Spurs O'Brien
Walter Hampden
as Father Gabriel Mendoza
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
as Trooper Martinez-Martinez
Joan Camden
as Norah Muldoon
Earl Holliman
as Tomasito Diaz
José Torvay
as Bartolo Diaz
Adele Jergens
as Bella Brown
Frank de Kova
as Anse Hatlo
Douglas Kennedy
as Slade Wickstrom
Ralph Moody
as Gen. Lew Wallace
Nick Adams
as Billy the Kid
Jack Williams
as Rebstock
José Lopez
as Pueblo Indian
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Wallace
Helen Spring
as Mrs. Harker
Joe Hamilton
as Mr. Harker
Antonio Triana
as Flamenco Dancer
Luisa Triana
as Flamenco Dancer
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