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THE STRANGER: Orson Welles directed and starred in THE STRANGER, a tense black-and-white thriller that Welles made for maverick producer Sam Spiegel. Welles portrays Charles Rankin, a respected academic at a prominent Connecticut college. He seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful new wife, Mary (Loretta Young); and a charming home in a small town that holds him in high esteem. Enter Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a detective on the hunt for Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler. The appearance of Mr. Wilson threatens to reveal that underneath this idyllic veneer is a secret that could tear everything apart. <br> <br> Although many of Welles's most interesting scenes wound up on the cutting-room floor when Spiegel reedited the film, THE STRANGER is still multilayered, complex, and fascinating. The scenes between Welles and Robinson are intellectually gripping, leading up to the stylized, shocking conclusion. As with so many of Welles's films, he was unhappy with the final result, but the viewer won't be...
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CastOrson Welles, Johnny Sands, Philip Merivale, Edward G. Robinson, Billy House, Konstantin Shayne, Loretta Young, Richard Long, Isabel O'Madigan, Martha Wentworth, Pietro Sosso, Byron Keith
DirectorOrson Welles
Genre:  Action, Adventure
Release Date:  January 1, 1946
Screen WriterOrson Welles, John Huston
Runtime:  1hr 35min, 1hr 38min
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review by . March 20, 2012
THE STRANGER Proves Orson Welles Is No Stranger To Great Cinema
   As many can claim, my first encounter with Orson Welles’ greatness was CITIZEN KANE.  I’d seen it on television when I was very young, and I was immediately smitten not so much with the story (I could go on for hours about precisely who I think the story is genuinely about instead of Charles Foster Kane) but more so with the use of the camera.  After all, KANE is one of the first motion pictures to make vast use of the camera as a device on the set, be it positioned …
review by . August 25, 2010
One of Welles's greatest suspense thrillers
Orson Welles’ 1946 film-noir “The Stranger” is one of Welles’s greatest works. Besides directing, he co-stared in this great suspense thriller.  This movie has a top notch cast, especially with Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young.  “The Stranger” was the only film made by Welles to have been a bona fide box office success on its first release (Citizen Kane had made back its budget and marketing, but not enough to make a profit). It earned an Academy …
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Orson Welles’ 1946 film-noir “The Stranger” is one of Welles’s greatest works. Besides directing, he co-stared in this great suspense thriller.  This movie has a top notch cast, especially with Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young.  “The Stranger” was the only film made by Welles to have been a bona fide box office success on its first release (Citizen Kane had made back its budget and marketing, but not enough to make a profit). It earned an Academy …
review by . June 14, 2007
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Pros: Edgar G. Robinson, Billy House      Cons: Orson Welles and Loretta Young and an untenable story      The Bottom Line: Dreadful. If you like Edward G. Robinson, then this is worth considering, otherwise there is no reason at all to waste your time.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      I am a semi-fan of film noir. The angular style of it built on as many shadows …
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