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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 ...


Certificate:

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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

Many of the exteriors are the same set as The Violent Men (1954). See more »

Goofs

Inside the shack during the stand-off, the amount of lighting used changes dramatically between shots. 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

La Golondrina
(uncredited)
Music by Narciso Serradel Sevilla
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So-So
4 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Somewhat noneventful tale of a woman doctor in 1880s Santa Fe. She tames local doc Andrews, but her brother (Mitchell) turns out to be a bad seed. The best thing about this film is Lois Smith's gamine performance as Andrews' daughter -- very cute and pretty nice performance.


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