The Stranger Enhanced 1946
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The Stranger (Enhanced) 1946 by Orson Welles
The Stranger is a 1946 Film-Noir starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, and Loretta Young. Welles also directed the film, which was based on a screenplay written by Victor Trivas.
Trivas' work was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Sam Spiegel was the film's producer, and the film's musical score is by Bronis Kaper. It is believed that this is the first film released after World War II that showed footage of concentration camps.
The Stranger was the only film made by Orson Welles to have been a bona fide box office success on the first release.
It is 1946 and Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles). Kindler has effectively concealed his Nazi activities prior to his escape to the United States. He assumes a new identity, Charles Rankin, lands a job as a university professor and marries Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), who is the daughter of Supreme Court justice Judge Adam Longstreet.
Wilson releases Kindler's former associate Meinike (Konstantin Shayne) and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, but Meinike is strangled to death before he can identify Kindler. Wilson must convince Mrs. Rankin, the only person to have seen Kindler and Meinke together, that her husband is a war criminal.
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I have always thought of Edward G. Robinson as actor who played criminals in his films. In this Wells film, he plays an almost good guy role, what I would call a flawed hero. Wells as a Nazi criminal was a stretch for me. The film moves a good pace and kept me involved. You will have to see the film to find out how it ends.
This is a fine film for some one who likes good drama and acting or one who likes film noir.