The Stranger

The Stranger

Orson Welles
 Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
, Loretta Young
Loretta Young
, Philip Merivale
Philip Merivale

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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 (Konstantin Shayne) 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 professor responds by brutally murdering his old associate. If Kindler believes himself safe--and he has every reason to do so, since no one in town, especially Mary, has any inkling of his previous life--he will change his mind in a hurry when mild-mannered war crimes commissioner Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) pays a visit, posing as an antiques dealer.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
UPC: 0738329120221
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film historian Bret Wood; Original theatrical trailer; Image gallery; "Death Mills" (1945, 21 min.), an informational film on the Nazi death camps (produced by Billy Wilder), footage of which appears in The Stranger; Orson Welle's wartime radio broadcasts; Four complete programs exemplify Welle's blending of propaganda and entertainment: "Alameda" (Nazi Eyes on Canada, 1942), "War Workers" (Ceiling Unlimited, 1942), "Brazil" (Hello Americans, 1942), and "Bikini Atomic Test" (Orson Welles Commentaries, 1946)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Franz Kindler/Prof. Charles Rankin
Edward G. Robinson Wilson
Loretta Young Mary Longstreet
Philip Merivale Judge Longstreet
Byron Keith Dr. Jeff Lawrence
Martha Wentworth Sara
Billy House Mr. Potter
Konstantin Shayne Konrad Meinike
Richard Long Noah Longstreet
Isabel O'Madigan Mrs. Lawrence
Johnny Sands Student
Pietro Sosso Mr. Peabody

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director
Decla Dunning Original Story
Sam P. Eagle Producer
Perry Ferguson Art Director,Production Designer
Arthur Johns Sound/Sound Designer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Ernest Nims Editor
Victor Trivas Original Story
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stranger
1. Chapter 1 [:09]
2. Chapter 2 [:14]
1. Escape [9:46]
2. Little Man [8:38]
3. Holy Matrimony [8:26]
4. The German's Dream [11:14]
5. Assistant Investigator [7:36]
6. Explanatations [12:13]
7. The Truth [8:48]
8. Untouchable [5:19]
9. Fiendish Plan [2:35]
10. The Clock Stops [11:49]

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