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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Restored feature film; Photo gallery; Commentary by Jeffrey Lyons; Theatrical trailer; Early Welles film "Hearts of Age"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 683070935627
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Source: Focus Film
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Stranger
1. Main Title [5:58]
2. Harper, Connecticut [12:39]
3. The Wedding [6:16]
4. Charles' Hobby [8:22]
5. "I Know What's Best" [7:40]
6. Digging at the Grave [10:45]
7. The Search [12:02]
8. Franz Kindler [5:30]
9. The Church Tower [4:25]
10. End Credits [21:05]
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Disc #1 -- The Stranger
   Play Feature
   Chapter Selection
   Bonus Materials
      Jeffrey Lyons' Commentary
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      "Hearts of Age"
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    All's Welles that ends Welles

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth watching

    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!

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