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The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1946 (USA)
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mr. Wilson
... Mary Longstreet
... Professor Charles Rankin
... Judge Adam Longstreet
... Noah Longstreet
... Konrad Meinike
... Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence
... Mr. Potter
... Sara
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Most Deceitful Man A Woman Ever Loved !


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August 1946 (USA)  »

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Date with Destiny  »

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Budget:

$1,034,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,216,000, 31 December 1946
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1.37 : 1
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By this time in her career, Loretta Young, like older contemporaries Claudette Colbert and Jean Arthur, was photographed almost exclusively from the left side, or left three-quarters; never was this more evident than in this film. See more »

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Mr.Wilson is hit on the back of the head and knocked out in the gym. The next time we see him he has a medical patch on his forehead. See more »

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Mr. Wilson: You were right about Rankin. He's above suspicion.
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I like Harper just the way it is even without a clock....
25 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Loretta Young intones her provincial view of a small Connecticut town, and how everything is perfect, nothing terrible can ever happen in Harper.

Orson Welles deserves credit for this underrated gem. Richard Long is Noah Longstreet and Richard Merrivale as Young's father, a Supreme Court judge.

Edward G. Robinson is the government official, tracking down former Nazi Franz Kindler. Could he be in this perfect American town?. Welles is undercover as a local professor. He marries Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young) but soon some terrible things start occurring in Harper. Mary's dog, Red is missing. Then the body of a mysterious foreigner is found in the woods.

The clock plays a backdrop; Franz Kindler is an amateur clock collector. There are several intriguing scenes, such as when Welles is discussing Nazis and warfare, in the context of history. This is a brilliant suspense film. 10/10.


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