The Law of Contact

A Stranger in Town (April, 1943)

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A Stranger in Town
 

Released in April, 1943: (running time 67 minutes) A Supreme Court Justice wants a vacation hunting ducks in the country, but gets involved with corrupt small town officials.

Produced by Robert Sisk

Directed by Roy Rowland

The Actors: Frank Morgan (Justice John Josephus Grant), Richard Carlson (Bill Adams, lawyer, model shipbuilder), Jean Rogers (Lucy Gilbert, law clerk), Porter Hall (Judge Austin Harkley), Robert Barrat (Mayor Jim Connison), Donald MacBride (Vinnie Z. Blaxton, used car and tractor salesman), Walter Baldwin (Tom Cooney, farmer), Andrew Tombes (Roscoe Swade, hotel owner), Olin Howland (Homer Todds, barber), Chill Wills (Charles Craig, farmer), Irving Bacon (Constable Orrin Todds), Eddie Dunn (Henry), Gladys Blake (Birdie, hotel telephone operator), John Hodiak (Hart Ridges, Adams' office landlord), Edward Keane (Blaxton's lawyer), Robert Homans (Police Sergeant), Erville Alderson (man in barbershop), Hooper Atchley (reporter), Margaret Bert (nurse), Eddy Chandler (policeman at hearing), Lester Dorr (electric company technician), Fern Emmett (hotel chambermaid), Sam Finn (sidewalk rowdy), Bud Geary (sidewalk heckler), Jesse Graves (Supreme Court attendant), Kenneth Harlan (banker in barbershop), Myron Healey (extra on dance floor), Holmes Herbert (Supereme Court Justice), Al Hill (moving man), Gladden James (reporter), Richard Kipling (Supreme Court Justice), Paul Kruger (truck driver), William Lally (policeman), Arthur Loft (police chief Perkins), Roger Moore (townsman at hearing), Marion Murray (waitress), Thomas Murray (policeman), Frank O'Connor (bailiff), Pat O'Malley (policeman at jail), Cyril Ring (reporter), Charles Sherlock (rowdy), Edwin Stanley (Supreme Court Justice), Henry Sylvester (Joe, process server), Ben Taggart (train conductor), Minerva Urecal (lady stepping off of train), Philip Van Zandt (reporter), Eddy Waller (man in barbershop), Pierre Watkin (Supreme Court Justice), Joe Yule (barber shaving Frank Morgan)

 

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Short-Sheeting the Judge, or Fighting Brass Knuckles with Spit-Balls

Power. . . . Some people have it, some people want it, some people steal it, and some people fight for it. Some people fight fair, and some do not.

In 1789 Article Three of the United States Constitution created a court, a Supreme Court, and the nine Justices of the Supreme Court serve for life – they cannot ever be removed because someone more powerful doesn’t like their decisions. . . . No one has that much power. We can get rid of Presidents, Senators, Legislators, Governors, Mayors, policemen and dog catchers, but no one can remove a Justice of the Supreme Court because they do not like the decisions that they make.

In the scheme of power, Unites States Supreme Court Justices are equal to the President and the Congress, as the third equal partner in our amazing system of Federal Government, and their power is virtually unchallenged.

As our adventure opens, the Supreme Court is going on a short holiday, and for the next week, Justice John Josephus Grant doesn’t want to think about courtrooms, investigations, or lawyers. He wants to forget about everything except ducks. He is going duck hunting near a small rural town, with nothing on his mind but peace and quiet, and duck for dinner.

Unfortunately, before the famous jurist can shoot his first duck, he will find himself in front of the small-town judge, on the wrong end of a legal matter. The following days for Supreme Court Justice John Josephus Grant will not be as peaceful and relaxing as he expected. Life in the little town of Crownport is going to change forever because of a stranger in town.

One final teaser. I have confirmed that yardsticks will not be made any longer, regardless of what one courtroom scene may suggest. But they will not be made any shorter either. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Richard Carlson, Jean Rogers
Richard Carlson, Jean Rogers
Andrew Tombes
Andrew Tombes
Andrew Tombes, Gladys Blake
Andrew Tombes, Gladys Blake
Andrew Tombes, Gladys Blake
Andrew Tombes, Gladys Blake
Andrew Tombes and John Hodiak
Andrew Tombes and John Hodiak
Andrew Tombes, Robart Barrat, John Hodiak
Andrew Tombes, Robart Barrat, John Hodiak
Donald MacBride
Donald MacBride
Donald MacBride
Donald MacBride
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Dunn
Edward Keane
Edward Keane
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan, Andrew Tombes
Frank Morgan, Andrew Tombes
Frank Morgan, Richard Carlson
Frank Morgan, Richard Carlson
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Gladys Blake
Gladys Blake
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Robert Barrat
Robert Barrat
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers, Frank Morgan
Jean Rogers, Frank Morgan
Jean Rogers, Marion Murray, Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers and Frank Morgan
Jean Rogers, Marion Murray and Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers, Marion Murray, Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers, Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers, Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Jean Rogers
Joe Yule, Frank Morgan
Joe Yule, Frank Morgan
John Hodiak, Robert Barrat
John Hodiak, Robert Barrat
Olin Howland, Richard Carlson
Olin Howland, Richard Carlson
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson, Arthur Loft and Robert Barrat
Richard Carlson and Frank Morgan
Richard Carlson and Frank Morgan
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers, Richard Carlson
Jean Rogers, Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson