The Stranger (1946)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Average Rating: 6.6/10
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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
Jan 1, 1946 Limited
Feb 8, 2000
Franz Kindler/Prof. ...
Edward G. Robinson
Dr. Jeff Lawrence
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Adroitly directed by Orson Welles, who also plays the star, it is a grade A gooseflesh-raiser.
Orson Welles's 1946 film reproduces his personal themes of self-scrutiny and self-destruction only in outline, though it is an inventive, highly enjoyable thriller.
The Stranger is socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.
The whole film, produced by S. P. Eagle, comes off a bloodless, manufactured show.
Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.
Welles might not have had control in the editing room, but he indulged his penchant for long takes with the able assistance of ace cinematographer Russell Metty,
Welles is so technically proficient that even his second-tier works are well worth seeking out, and The Stranger belongs to this category.
One of Welles' most conventional films: His fans don't like it because it's too plot-driven and linear but that was his goal, wishing to prove that he could make a mainstream film after the brilliant but failures, Citizen Kane and Magnificent Ambersons.
The most restrained and conventional of Welles's films, but still a thrilling entertainment.
Atmospheric thriller-noir has Welles, Robinson pluses.
It is a tightly-plotted and well-acted thriller that bears Welles' unique stamp, in spite of it being a director-for-hire project.
Largely unsung, this Orson Welles movie is one of his most straightforward, yet still one of his greats -- and reportedly his only film to turn a profit on its original theatrical release.
It's only 1946, and Welles is already typecast as the man with a past and not a glorious future.
Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.
a solid piece of postwar genre work about a Nazi hiding in bucolic small-town America
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