• The Stranger (1946)

The Stranger

Release Date: 1946

DVD Release Date: May 29th, 1998

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Immediately following World War II, ex-Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) is living under a false identity as a teacher in a small Connecticut town, and has even married the headmaster's daughter (Loretta Young) as part of his cover. But when one of Kindler's old German associates (Konstantin Shayne) arrives unexpectedly in town, bringing in his wake a sly federal investigator (Edward G. Robinson), Kindler resorts to desperate measures to preserve his secret.

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles, Loretta Young, Richard Long, Martha Wentworth, Philip Merivale, Byron Keith, Billy House

Director: Orson Welles

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: RKO Pictures

Keywords: Deception , Mystery , Pursuit , Revenge , Suspenseful , 1940s , Intense , Wife , Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Time Out

    Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    As distinctively Wellesian as Citizen Kane, and packing nearly as many technical wonders. show more

  • 80
    Phil HallFilm Threat

    The Stranger may not be at the same level as Citizen Kane, but what is? On its own terms, it is a fine and invigorating experience that deserves to be sought out and enjoyed. show more

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Nominated Writing (Original Motion Picture Story)