Retrospective. Orson Welles 2010
The Stranger
  • Director: Orson Welles (United States)

United States,  1946,  95 min.
Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale
Retrospective. Orson Welles

War crimes commissioner Wilson has a mission to track down the errant Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice. One way is to use Konrad Meinike as bait by freeing him and following him to his contacts. Once free he immediately goes to a small Connecticut town and makes contact with his former Nazi associate Franz Kindler who is posing as Professor Charles Rankin. When Meineke arrives in town to appeal to Kindler to give himself up, the professor responds by strangling his old associate and hiding the body in the nearby woods. Wilson arrives in town following Meinike, posing as an antiques dealer, and starts sniffing out the dangerous Kindler and a confrontation of wills and cunning ensue.