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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, but it points out how many compromises Welles made on the film in an attempt to show Hollywood he could make a film on time, on budget, and on their own terms. He accomplished all three, turning out a stylish if unambitious film noir thriller, his only Hollywood film to turn a profit on its original release. Welles stars as unreformed fascist Franz Kindler, hiding as a schoolteacher in a New England prep school for boys and newly married to the headmaster's lovely if naive daughter (Loretta Young). Welles the director is in fine form for the opening sequences, casting a moody tension as agents shadow a twitchy low-level Nazi official skulking through South American ports and building up to dramatic crescendo as Kindler murders this little man, the lovely woods becoming a maelstrom of swirling leaves that expose the body he furiously tries to bury. The rest of film is a well-designed but conventional cat-and-mouse game featuring an eye-rolling performance by Welles and a thrilling conclusion played out in the dark clock tower that looms over the little village. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Audio commentary from filmmaker / historian / curator Bret Wood, Original Nazi concentration and prison camp footage (which are featured in the finalfilm) from filmmaker George Stevens, Original Theatrical Trailer. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
The movie is not a classic by any means. It is not in the company of The Third Man or anything similar but it was soewhat fun to watch. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Terrence Edgar
RKO Radio Pictures presents "THE STRANGER" (25 May 1946) (95 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- The Stranger is often considered Orson Welles' most... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2011 by J. Lovins
Welles made a little gem with this picture. He followed the lines about a nazi who assumes a new identity in a small town. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
ï¿½The Strangerï¿½ is certainly an appropriate title. The film IS a strange one for director/actor Orson Welles ï¿½ it was uncharacteristically completed on... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by A. Wolverton
This particular DVD version of "The Stranger" would have been much better without several of the so-called "extras. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Jennifer M.
Right off the bat don't buy this dvd go out and look for the Roan Group double dvd with The Stranger and Cause For Alarm on it. Read morePublished on June 14 2001 by A*
For those who are going to buy this copy, beware. The transfer is a disappointment and there is a logo which pops up on the screen throughout the film. Read morePublished on April 28 2001 by Aric B. Cushing