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Stranger 1946 (1946)

Director: Orson Welles     Starring: Orson Welles Edward G. Robinson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204505164
UPC: 027616081056
UPC 14: 00027616081056
Rating: NR
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The Most Deceitful Man a Woman Ever Loved!
The 1946 thriller, The Stranger, features Orson Welles as both director and actor. As Frank Kindler, Welles is a Nazi war criminal who has fled to America, where he disguises himself as a small town schoolteacher. Loretta Young stars as Mary, the young woman who falls in love with the devious, yet charming Kindler, while Edward G. Robinson shines as a tenacious Nazi hunter.

"This restoration is in perfect condition. Orson Welles would have loved seeing it.  Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV
"Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.  Nell Minow, Movie Mom

Editor's Note
THE STRANGER: Orson Welles directed and starred in THE STRANGER, a tense black-and-white thriller that Welles made for maverick producer Sam Spiegel. Welles portrays Charles Rankin, a respected academic at a prominent Connecticut college. He seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful new wife, Mary (Loretta Young); and a charming home in a small town that holds him in high esteem. Enter Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a detective on the hunt for Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler. The appearance of Mr. Wilson threatens to reveal that underneath this idyllic veneer is a secret that could tear everything apart.

Although many of Welles's most interesting scenes wound up on the cutting-room floor when Spiegel reedited the film, THE STRANGER is still multilayered, complex, and fascinating. The scenes between Welles and Robinson are intellectually gripping, leading up to the stylized, shocking conclusion. As with so many of Welles's films, he was unhappy with the final result, but the viewer won't be. It would be most interesting to see the film as Welles intended it to be, but in the meantime, this version of THE STRANGER is a marvel.

Features

Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Sensormatic, English, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/10/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1946
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 108105
Video UPC UPC: 00027616081056
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Edward G. Robinson
Video Cast Info Loretta Young
Video Cast Info Orson Welles
Video Cast Info Philip Merivale
Video Cast Info Albert S. D'Agostino - Art Director
Video Cast Info Bronislau Kaper - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ernest J. Nims - Editor
Video Cast Info John Huston, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Director
Video Cast Info Perry Ferguson - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Russell Metty - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Sam Spiegel - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Trivas - Based On Story By
Plot Summary
A Nazi war criminal is hounded across America by a federal agent after he assumes a false identity.

Awards


Nominee (1947)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Victor Trivas, Best Writing, Original Story
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Orson Welles, Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"Refreshingly minor, the film is an auteurist's dream, developing some of Welles's signature themes and moods without smothering you with its Greatness." 03/01/2011

Variety 9 of 10
The Stranger is socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills. Director Orson Welles gives the production a fast, suspenseful development, drawing every advantage from the hard-hitting script from the Victor Trivas story. Plot moves forward at a relentless pace in depicting the hunt of the Allied Commission for Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals for a top Nazi who has removed all traces of his origin and is a professor in a New England school. Edward G. Robinson is the government man on his trail. Loretta Young is the New England girl who becomes the bride of the Nazi...A uniformly excellent cast gives reality to events that transpire. The three stars, Robinson, Young and Welles, turn in some of their best work, the actress being particularly effective as the misled bride.

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