Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.Written by
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Orson Welles originally wanted Agnes Moorehead to play the FBI part. believing that it would be much more interesting to have a spinster lady at the heels of this Nazi but studio head,Goetz didn't like the idea said no and instead gave him Edward G. Robinson. Welles worked on the rewrites with original writer Anthony Veiller and an uncredited John Huston, who was in the army at the time, Welles wrote and shot scenes at the begining of the film which he described as ' a whole series of very wild dreamlike events'. These worried Goetz and producer Sam Spiegel , who at the time was using the pseudonym SP Eagel, so out they came. See more »
Towards the end of the film, it's snowing. Welles is in the clock tower with Loretta Young and Edward G Robinson. Robinson tells Welles that the town's people are surrounding the church. The camera shows the crowd crossing one corner and there's no snow on the pavement but, a bit further up the street where there's thick snow, three men cross the road leaving no footprints. See more »
Leave the cell door open. That's all there is to it. Let him escape.
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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »
Deliciously campy performance from Welles makes this a must see.
"Hitchcockian" effort from Orson Welles in which a police detective, played by Edward G. Robinson, is on the hunt for a Nazi war criminal in small town USA, played by Orson Welles.
Stylish and suspenseful, Welles does a fine job behind the camera, he plays his character in an over the top "look at me I'm the bad guy!" manner, ham fisted in some scenes especially towards the end, his character's final scene is both brutal and hilarious.
A lesser work in his canon but a very good film nonetheless, highly recommended.
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