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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Stranger (1946) ... Edward G. Robinson ... Orson Welles (Director) (2011)", Jan. 20 2011
This review is from: Stranger [Blu-ray] [Import] (Blu-ray)
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 "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 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 Stranger, while not too complicated, offers a thrilling, suspense-filled plot --- It must have been eerie to viewers who watched it when first released.

Oscar nominated for "Best Writing, Original Story" by Victor Trivas

Under the production staff of:
Orson Welles [Director]
Anthony Veiller [Screenplay]
Victor Trivas [adaptation]
Decla Dunning [adaptation]
Victor Trivas [Story]
Sam Spiegel [Producer] (as S.P. Eagle)
Bronislau Kaper [Original Music]
Russell Metty [Cinematographer]
Ernest J. Nims [Film Editor]

1. Orson Welles [aka: George Orson Welles]
Date of Birth: 6 May 1915 - Kenosha, Wisconsin
Date of Death: 10 October 1985 - Hollywood, California

2. Edward G. Robinson [aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg]
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, California

3. Loretta Young [aka: Gretchen Young]
Date of Birth: 6 January 1913 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of Death: 12 August 2000 - Los Angeles, California

the cast includes:
Edward G. Robinson - Mr. Wilson
Loretta Young - Mary Longstreet
Orson Welles - Professor Charles Rankin
Philip Merivale - Judge Adam Longstreet
Richard Long - Noah Longstreet
Konstantin Shayne - Konrad Meinike
Byron Keith - Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence
Billy House - Mr. Potter
Martha Wentworth - Sara

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 95 min on DVD ~ RKO Radio Pictures ~ (02/15/2011)
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J. Lovins

Location: Missouri-USA

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