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Here I Am a Stranger (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 29 September 1939 (USA)
Young Englishman (Greene) meets his real father (Dix) in America, a former alcoholic. They both grow in getting know one another.


Roy Del Ruth




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Greene ... David Paulding
Richard Dix ... Duke Allen
Brenda Joyce ... Simpson Daniels
Roland Young ... Prof. Daniels
Gladys George ... Clara Paulding
Kay Aldridge ... Lillian Bennett (as Katherine Aldridge)
Russell Gleason ... Tom Sortwell
George Zucco ... James K. Spaulding
Edward Norris ... Lester Bennet
Henry Kolker ... R.J. Bennett
Richard Bond ... Digby
Robert Shaw ... College Student
Robert Kellard ... College Student
Charles C. Wilson ... Managing Editor
Harry Hayden ... Landlord


Young Englishman (Greene) meets his real father (Dix) in America, a former alcoholic. They both grow in getting know one another.

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A DRAMATIC EXPLOSION OF HUMAN HEARTS (original ad-all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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Apa és fiú See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bringing Up Father
16 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Gladys George left Richard Dix nineteen years ago. He couldn't hold a job, drank, and the Great Novel he was working on was going nowhere. Now she is married to George Zucco, and Miss George's child with Dix is grown to be Richard Greene, about to go off to the college where his elders all went. A friendship with professor Roland Young and his daughter, Brenda Joyce, leads Greene to Dix.

Father and son help each other grow. Dix quits the booze and gets a job on a newspaper. Dix's attitude towards people knocks the snobbery out of Greene. It all comes to a head when David is in the car when a fellow college student strikes and kills a woman, and David is expected to lie to protect a member of his class, while Russell Gleason, who's working his way through college, will take the rap.

It's a fine cast under the direction of Roy Del Ruth working on a good script. Richard Dix, as he does whenever he gets a chance to actually act, is superb; Roland Young is wonderful (of course) and Brenda Joyce gets a fine part as the unlikely ingenue. It's Greene who gives a performance that is an eye-opener: not so much in the way he speaks his lines, but in the way he moves just like Dix does.

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