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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Though not as well remembered as some of Orson Welles' more original projects, this was the only film directed by Welles to show a profit in its original release. See more »
Near the start of the movie when Meinike gets off the ship and is going through passport control, we hear him say to the officer 'I am traveling for my health', but his lips don't move because as he's approaching the checkpoint, the audience hears his thoughts as to why he's traveling. See more »
Leave the cell door open. That's all there is to it. Let him escape.
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Orson welles directs and stars in vivid postwar Nazi hunt.
A little much in parts, particularly the use of headlight direction that Welles loves to employ, nevertheless, this is a film that rates three stars in the Wellesian collection.
Edward G. Robinson is superb as the laid-back, all-knowing, in-your-face detective and Loretta Young scores as Orson's wife but it's big Billy House who is the real scene-stealer. House plays the man who owns the self-service store in town who likes playing checkers with his customers.
Welles, who looks a little strange--no doubt to match up with the title-provides a commanding performance throughout in a film that reflects the era's revulsion with the Nazi dream.
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