Return of a Stranger (1937 film)

Return of a Stranger is a 1937 British drama film directed by Victor Hanbury and starring Griffith Jones, Rosalyn Boulter, Ellis Jeffries and Athole Stewart.[1] The film was made at Shepperton Studios as a Quota quickie, and was distributed by RKO Pictures to meet the company's annual requirement under the Quota.

Return of a Stranger
Directed byVictor Hanbury
Produced byJohn Stafford
Written byRudolph Lothar (play)
Ákos Tolnay
Reginald Long
StarringGriffith Jones
Rosalyn Boulter
Ellis Jeffries
Athole Stewart
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byRalph Thomas
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
May 1937
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


James Martin plans to elope with Carol Wall, the daughter of the wealthy chairman of Wall Chemicals. While in Southampton with her, Martin is wrongly accused of murdering a man and is forced to flee to South Africa. Carol meanwhile marries a wealthy City of London financier. Martin rebuilds his life in South Africa and finishes developing a valuable new chemical formula which he had begun in England. After he is partially disfigured by an explosion in his laboratory, Martin decides to return home to clear his name, confident that he will no longer be recognised. However, Carol's husband quickly begins to suspect that the visiting South African is really Martin and alerts Scotland Yard.




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  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985 .
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