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The Stranger (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 May 1946 (USA)
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

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Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In the scene where Meinike attempts to kill Mr. Wilson, Meinike escapes through a door in the gymnasium which has a sign posted on it. The sign reads "Use at your own risk" and is signed "Coach Roskie". In reality there was a football coach that lived and coached at Todd School in Woodstock Illinois during the early 1930s when Orson Welles was student there. See more »

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When Konrad Meinke visits a photographer 5&1/4 minutes into the film, the shadow of a boom mic can be seen moving in the upper left corner of the screen. See more »

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Mr. Wilson: Forepaw's muddy. No mud on hind. Dry leaves mixed with the mud. Red must have been digging somewhere in the woods.
Noah Longstreet: Have you any idea what for, Mr. Wilson?
Mr. Wilson: A body, I think. Meinike's.
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Orson welles directs and stars in vivid postwar Nazi hunt.
27 January 2001 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews



A little much in parts, particularly the use of headlight direction that Welles loves to employ, nevertheless, this is a film that rates three stars in the Wellesian collection.

Edward G. Robinson is superb as the laid-back, all-knowing, in-your-face detective and Loretta Young scores as Orson's wife but it's big Billy House who is the real scene-stealer. House plays the man who owns the self-service store in town who likes playing checkers with his customers.

Welles, who looks a little strange--no doubt to match up with the title-provides a commanding performance throughout in a film that reflects the era's revulsion with the Nazi dream.


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