Stranger

The Stranger

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Director: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Cast: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

     
 

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The Stranger is often considered Orson Welles' most "traditional" Hollywood-style directorial effort. Welles plays a college professor named Charles Rankin, who lives in a pastoral Connecticut town with his lovely wife Mary (Loretta Young). One afternoon, an extremely nervous German gentleman named Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) arrives in town. Professor Rankin

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The Stranger is often considered Orson Welles' most "traditional" Hollywood-style directorial effort. Welles plays a college professor named Charles Rankin, who lives in a pastoral Connecticut town with his lovely wife Mary (Loretta Young). One afternoon, an extremely nervous German gentleman named Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) arrives in town. Professor Rankin seems disturbed--but not unduly so--by Meineke's presence. He invites the stranger for a walk in the woods, and as they journey farther and farther away from the center of town, we learn that kindly professor Rankin is actually notorious Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler. Conscience-stricken by his own genocidal wartime activities, Meineke has come to town to beg his ex-superior Kindler to give himself up. The professor responds by brutally murdering his old associate. If Kindler believes himself safe--and he has every reason to do so, since no one in town, especially Mary, has any inkling of his previous life--he will change his mind in a hurry when mild-mannered war crimes commissioner Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) pays a visit, posing as an antiques dealer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2013
UPC:
0738329120221
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
34,239

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film historian Bret Wood; Original theatrical trailer; Image gallery; "Death Mills" (1945, 21 min.), an informational film on the Nazi death camps (produced by Billy Wilder), footage of which appears in The Stranger; Orson Welle's wartime radio broadcasts; Four complete programs exemplify Welle's blending of propaganda and entertainment: "Alameda" (Nazi Eyes on Canada, 1942), "War Workers" (Ceiling Unlimited, 1942), "Brazil" (Hello Americans, 1942), and "Bikini Atomic Test" (Orson Welles Commentaries, 1946)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Franz Kindler/Prof. Charles Rankin
Edward G. Robinson Wilson
Loretta Young Mary Longstreet
Philip Merivale Judge Longstreet
Byron Keith Dr. Jeff Lawrence
Richard Long Noah Longstreet
Martha Wentworth Sara
Billy House Mr. Potter
Konstantin Shayne Konrad Meinike
Isabel O'Madigan Mrs. Lawrence
Johnny Sands Student
Pietro Sosso Mr. Peabody

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Screenwriter
Decla Dunning Screenwriter
Sam P. Eagle Producer
Perry Ferguson Art Director,Production Designer
John Huston Screenwriter
Arthur Johns Sound/Sound Designer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Ernest Nims Editor
Victor Trivas Original Story,Screenwriter
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stranger
1. Chapter 1 [:09]
2. Chapter 2 [:14]
1. Escape [9:46]
2. Little Man [8:38]
3. Holy Matrimony [8:26]
4. The German's Dream [11:14]
5. Assistant Investigator [7:36]
6. Explanatations [12:13]
7. The Truth [8:48]
8. Untouchable [5:19]
9. Fiendish Plan [2:35]
10. The Clock Stops [11:49]

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The Stranger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
This is just a great movie, especially for Noir lovers. Dark, foreboding, and evil, Orson welles character, Charles Rankin, cloaks himself in new identity, in a smalltown that seems untouched by time. The supporting cast is terrific, and Edward G. Robinson as an almost jaded war crimes investigator, and Welles Nemisis, is excellent. Welles dinnertable speech alone is enough to reccomend the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good film-noir, albeit one of the lesser known ones, but a good one. Orson Welles is an escaped Nazi war criminal named Franz Kindler who hides out in a bucolic Connecticut town. He becomes a teacher at a prep school for boys and marries the headmaster's lovely but clueless daughter (Loretta Young) who gives a great performance. Edward G. Robinson is also terrific in his respective role as a war crimes commissioner who is hot on Franz Kindler's trail. The two play a cat & mouse game that ends in a dramatic climax atop the town¿s clock tower. The film may sometimes seem forced and over melodramatic but, I believe this helps to enhance the dark and brooding atmosphere. Also starring are Richard Long and Martha Wentworth. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!