Open main menu

Strange Lady in Town is a 1955 film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Greer Garson.[2] 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 played by Dana Andrews.

Strange Lady in Town
Strange Lady in Town.jpg
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Produced byMervyn LeRoy
Written byFrank Butler
StarringGreer Garson
Dana Andrews
Cameron Mitchell
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 12, 1955 (1955-04-12)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million (US)[1]


1880: Dr. Julia Garth, traveling from Boston, arrives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her brother David is a U.S. Cavalry lieutenant. She soon meets the town's respected physician, Dr. Rourke O'Brien, as well as Father Gabriel Mendoza, who has helped establish a new hospital.

Spurs O'Brien, the tomboy niece of the doctor, has a crush on David. She helps Julia buy a horse and teaches her to ride. Julia begins seeing patients, including a boy having vision problems and a toothache sufferer Billy the Kid has brought to her, but encounters resistance from Dr. O'Brien, who doesn't believe women should be practicing medicine.

David shoots a man who accuses him of cheating at cards, pleading self-defense. Dr. O'Brien can't help but admire and be attracted to Julia, but she declines his marriage proposal, citing prejudices like his toward women as the reason she left Boston in the first place. He is irritated again when Julia gives medical advice to his most distinguished patient, New Mexico's governor, General Lew Wallace.

At a party, David strikes an Army captain who accuses him of cheating and rustling. David admits to Julia that the charges are true, then robs a bank and rides off. Julia and Spurs manage to talk David into surrendering, whereupon he is shot. Julia elects to leave New Mexico for good until Dr. O'Brien speaks up on her behalf.




It was filmed at Old Tucson, Tucson, Arizona.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ "Strange Lady in Town (1955) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.

External listEdit