Stranger 1946

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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.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204505164
UPC 027616081056
UPC 14 00027616081056
Format DVD
Release Date 7/10/2007
Rating NR
Film Noir
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
Summary A Nazi war criminal is hounded across America by a federal agent after he assumes a false identity.
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
Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Edward G. Robinson
Cast & Crew
Albert S. D'Agostino - Art Director
Bronislau Kaper - Original Music By
Edward G. Robinson - Actor
Ernest J. Nims - Editor
John Huston, et. al. - Screenplay
Loretta Young - Actor
Orson Welles - Actor
Orson Welles - Director
Perry Ferguson - Production Designer
Philip Merivale - Actor
Russell Metty - Cinematographer
Sam Spiegel - Producer
Victor Trivas - Based On Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1946
Catalog ID 108105
UPC 00027616081056
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1947) Oscar, Victor Trivas, Best Writing, Original Story,Venice Film Festival, Orson Welles, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Sensormatic, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV This restoration is in perfect condition. Orson Welles would have loved seeing it.
Nell Minow, Movie Mom Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.

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