Welcome Stranger (1947)





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A curmudgeonly small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways. He is especially dismayed by the new doctor's tendency to sing, a behavior the older fellow deems inappropriate. When the new doc meets a pretty young school teacher, romantic sparks fly. Unfortunately, she is engaged to the town pharmacist. This coupled with the older doctor's disapproval convinces the new fellow to leave town. The elder physician's maid intervenes and changes the young ones mind. It's a good thing too, for he saves the older one from a near fatal attack of appendicitis and earns both the veteran medic's gratitude and respect. Later the two take on a snooty new surgeon whose ambition has blinded him to simple common sense.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Paramount Pictures


Bing Crosby
as Dr. Jim Pearson
Barry Fitzgerald
as Dr. Joseph McRory
Joan Caulfield
as Trudy Mason
Wanda Hendrix
as Emily Walters
Frank Faylen
as Bill Walters
Elizabeth Patterson
as Mrs. Gilley
Robert Shayne
as Roy Chesley
Larry Young
as Dr. Ronnie Jenks
Percy Kilbride
as Nat Dorkas
Charles Dingle
as Charlie Chesley
Don Beddoe
as Mort Elkins
Thurston Hall
as Congressman Beeker
Lillian Bronson
as Miss Lennek
Mary Field
as Secretary, Boston
Paul Stanton
as Mr. Daniels
Pat McVey
as Ed Chanock
Milton Kibbee
as Ben, Bus Driver
Clarence Muse
as Clarence, Steward
Margaret Field
as Cousin Hattie
John Ince
as Friend
Erville Alderson
as Train companion
John Westley
as Mr. Cartwright
Milt Kibbee
as Ben, Bus Driver
Edward Clark
as Mr. Weaver
Charles B. Middleton
as Farmer Pinkett
Ethel Wales
as Mrs. Sims
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Crane
Elliott Nugent
as Dr. White
Bea Allen
as Telephone operator
Julia Faye
as Woman
Patrick McVey
as Ed Chanock
Gertrude W. Hoffman
as Miss Wendy
Douglas Wood
as Mr. Tilson
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Bing and Barry had both won Oscars acting together in Going My Way (1944), so it was natural that Paramount would want to reteam them; this rehash of the earlier film was the number one box office attraction of 1947. A pleasant trifle in which Crosby gets to sing and Fitzgerald gets to mug.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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