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Stranger (1946)

Director: Orson Welles     Starring: Orson Welles Edward G. Robinson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40202236
UPC: 089218610393
UPC 14: 00089218610393
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The legendary story that hovers over orson welles's the stranger is that he wanted agnes moorehead to star as the dogged nazi hunter who trails a war criminal to a sleepy new england town. The part went to E.G. Robinson, who is marvelous.
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.


Video Features DVD, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/6/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1946
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6103D
Video UPC UPC: 00089218610393
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Byron Keith
Video Cast Info Orson Welles
Video Cast Info Philip Merivale
Video Cast Info Loretta Young
Video Cast Info Edward G. Robinson
Video Cast Info Richard Long
Video Cast Info Billy House
Video Cast Info Sam Spiegel - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Veiller - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Huston - Story Uncredited
Video Cast Info Perry Ferguson - Art Director
Video Cast Info Russell Metty - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Isabel O'Madigan - Featured
Video Cast Info Martha Wentworth - Featured
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Writer
Video Cast Info Ernest Nims - Editor
Video Cast Info Bronislau Kaper - Composer
Video Cast Info Konstantin Shayne - Featured
Video Cast Info Decla Dunning - Story
Video Cast Info Victor Trivas - Story
Video Cast Info Orson Welles - Director
Plot Summary
A Nazi war criminal is hounded across America by a federal agent after he assumes a false identity.

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Welles,Orson
Product attributeLabel:   Alpha Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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