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Strange Lady in Town (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 12 April 1955 (USA)
She plays a female doctor who plans to introduce modern techniques of medicine to old Santa Fe in 1880, but is opposed by an established doctor.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writer:

Frank Butler (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Dr. Julia Winslow Garth
Dana Andrews ... Dr. Rourke O'Brien
Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. David Garth
Lois Smith ... Spurs O'Brien
Walter Hampden ... Father Gabriel Mendoza
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Trooper Martinez-Martinez
Joan Camden Joan Camden ... Norah Muldoon
Anthony Numkena Anthony Numkena ... Tomascito Diaz
José Torvay ... Bartolo Diaz
Adele Jergens ... Bella Brown
Robert J. Wilke ... Karg
Frank DeKova ... Anse Hatlo
Russell Johnson ... Shadduck
Gregory Walcott ... Scanlon
Douglas Kennedy ... Slade Wickstrom
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Storyline

In 1880 New Mexico, a young female doctor from Boston arrives in Santa Fe to establish her new medical practice. Dr. Julia Garth is set to live with her brother, U.S. Cavalry lieutenant David Garth. The town already has a male physician, Dr. Rourke O'Brien. His tomboy niece, Spurs O'Brien, has a teenage crush on the handsome Cavalry lieutenant David Garth. The first hospital of this community is managed by Catholic priest Father Gabriel Mendoza and a few nuns. However, these are times when female doctors are almost unheard of. Some people even consider it a shameful offense for a woman to intrude in a man's profession. The traditional view is that women's roles should only be limited to the minding of the household and the rearing of children. Therefore, Dr. Julia Garth's arrival in town and her medical practice ruffles many feathers, not the least some of the more conservative townsfolk's. Dr. Rourke O'Brien is no exception. He arrogantly dismisses Julia Garth's competency but he ... Written by nufs68

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She was the one woman Rork didn't want in Santa Fe ... but he'd kill anybody who'd try to make her leave ...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aus dem Leben einer Ärztin See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

An early role for Lois Smith, who, as of May, 2019, is still a working character-actress. Her most memorable role is playing Jack Nicholson's sister in the counter-culture classic, Five Easy Pieces. And in this movie she's in love with Cameron Mitchell, who co-starred with Nicholson in another Western (like this one), Ride in the Whirlwind. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence just after the wheel repair, the rear suitcase was tilted upward at the right side. In the next cut the suitcase is tilted upwards to the left. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rourke O'Brien: The way you roll that off your tongue, it's a pleasure to hear. But what do you have in that steel trap you call a heart? I'll tell you what you've got. Envy, hate, and malice. You envy this woman for all those qualities you'd give your right arm to possess. Envying her, you hate her and hating her you'd like to destroy her. But you'll never do that, Mrs. Clegg. Not you and your kind, not ever, because women like Mrs. Garth are indestructible.
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Soundtracks

Vienna, City of My Dreams
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Music by Rudolph Sieczynski
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20 November 2013 | by tqwilcoxSee all my reviews

First off it's Garson's last film. And secondly it features a very distinct difference in acting styles. Garson displays her grand style in use of language and presentation as if she were back on the stage. Andrews displays the man from "The Best Years of Our Lives" years on who opted to not so much act as be present. And then there's the new kid, Lois Smith. Her very contemporary (for 1955) Brandoesque inhabiting of "Spurs" puts all of this together in the strangest way imaginable. I think SHE was the "Strange Lady in Town" or at least this movie.

There is also the reality of how women Hollywood films seem to be retired once the aging process makes them too old for leading ladies. Garson isn't the best representative for this argument because her acting style was of another era. But she should have been able to continue on were she not so much a star. That comes through here loud and clear.


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