The Unwelcome Stranger (1935)

64-65 or 67 mins | Drama | 20 April 1935

Director:

Phil Rosen

Cinematographer:

John Stumar

Editor:

Arthur Hilton

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Gimpy. Pre-release news items in DV indicate that the film was also known as Stranger in His House and location shots were filmed in San Clemente, CA. The HR review attributes the original story to Willard Mack, rather than William Jacobs, and the racing scenes were shot at Agua Caliente, CA. ...

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The working title for this film was Gimpy. Pre-release news items in DV indicate that the film was also known as Stranger in His House and location shots were filmed in San Clemente, CA. The HR review attributes the original story to Willard Mack, rather than William Jacobs, and the racing scenes were shot at Agua Caliente, CA.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
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HISTORY CREDITS
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CREDIT
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Jan 1935
p. 3
Daily Variety
2 Mar 1935
p. 4
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1935
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Apr 1935
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 1935
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
4 Apr 1935
p. 7
Motion Picture Herald
2 Mar 1935
p. 57
Motion Picture Herald
11 May 1935
p. 51
Variety
10 Apr 1935
p. 17
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Gimpy
Stranger in His House
Release Date:
20 April 1935
Production Date:
16 Jan--5 Feb 1935
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
27 March 1935
LP5452
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64-65 or 67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
643
SYNOPSIS

Howard W. Chamberlain, an orphan, is now the proprietor of racing stables and a lover of horses. At the County Orphanage for Boys, eleven-year-old Andy "Gimpy" Campbell, a handicapped boy, is never adopted. When Andy learns that the beloved old horse "Elmer" is to be destroyed, Andy persuades Jackson, the mechanic, to take the horse to the Chamberlain stables. Chamberlain's wife Madeleine likes Andy and persuades Chamberlain to keep Elmer in their stables. Andy becomes a regular visitor to the stables, and displays a talent for handling horses. Madeleine warns Andy not to mention that he is an orphan, because Chamberlain believes orphans are a jinx. When Charlie Anderson, Chamberlain's jockey, suggests that a handicapped person cannot ride a horse, Chamberlain's assistant, Mike Monahan, allows Andy to ride "Noma," a wild horse who has taken a liking to him. Since the arrival of Charlie and his bookie, Lucky Palmer, Chamberlain has suffered a losing streak, but does not realize that the two are fixing the races. When another adopted boy visits Andy, Chamberlain learns that Andy is an orphan and blames him for his bad luck. Chamberlain orders Andy away from the horses and turns down Madeleine's request to adopt the boy. Andy sneaks out late at night, but as he says goodbye to Noma, he is found by Mike, who asks him to remain with him. When "Bulldog," goes lame before an important race, Mike persuades Chamberlain to run Noma instead. Andy overhears Lucky and Charlie plot to throw the race and informs Mike. They guard Noma carefully and Mike has Charlie's license revoked just before the race. ...

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Howard W. Chamberlain, an orphan, is now the proprietor of racing stables and a lover of horses. At the County Orphanage for Boys, eleven-year-old Andy "Gimpy" Campbell, a handicapped boy, is never adopted. When Andy learns that the beloved old horse "Elmer" is to be destroyed, Andy persuades Jackson, the mechanic, to take the horse to the Chamberlain stables. Chamberlain's wife Madeleine likes Andy and persuades Chamberlain to keep Elmer in their stables. Andy becomes a regular visitor to the stables, and displays a talent for handling horses. Madeleine warns Andy not to mention that he is an orphan, because Chamberlain believes orphans are a jinx. When Charlie Anderson, Chamberlain's jockey, suggests that a handicapped person cannot ride a horse, Chamberlain's assistant, Mike Monahan, allows Andy to ride "Noma," a wild horse who has taken a liking to him. Since the arrival of Charlie and his bookie, Lucky Palmer, Chamberlain has suffered a losing streak, but does not realize that the two are fixing the races. When another adopted boy visits Andy, Chamberlain learns that Andy is an orphan and blames him for his bad luck. Chamberlain orders Andy away from the horses and turns down Madeleine's request to adopt the boy. Andy sneaks out late at night, but as he says goodbye to Noma, he is found by Mike, who asks him to remain with him. When "Bulldog," goes lame before an important race, Mike persuades Chamberlain to run Noma instead. Andy overhears Lucky and Charlie plot to throw the race and informs Mike. They guard Noma carefully and Mike has Charlie's license revoked just before the race. Without telling Chamberlain, Mike lets Andy jockey Noma. Andy and Noma are winning the race, when a rival jockey grabs Andy's bad leg and throws him from the horse, and they lose. The Chamberlains take Andy home and, after Chamberlain admits he was wrong about orphans, he and Madeleine promise to adopt Andy. Then Mike calls to say that the interference was observed and the winner disqualified, making Andy and Noma victors in the race.

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Sub-genre:
Youth, Horse race


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