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The Stranger (1946) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

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In post-war Germany, Allied War Crimes Commission investigator Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) arranges for the escape of former concentration camp commandant Konrad Meinike (Konstantin Shayne), who, he hopes, will lead him to the elusive Franz Kindler, the chief architect of the Holocaust.
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Tracking Meinike to the little town of Harper, Connecticut, Wilson is knocked unconscious by his quarry, who sets off to meet with Professor Charles Rankin (Orson Welles), a respected instructor at the local college who is soon to marry Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), daughter of Supreme Court Justice Adam Longstreet (Philip Merivale), and who is, in fact, Franz Kindler.

Murdering Meinike and burying him in the woods, Rankin goes ahead with his wedding as Wilson, posing as an antique dealer, impotently searches for clues as to the man's whereabouts. After having dinner with Rankin at Judge Longstreet's home, Wilson decides that the man is above suspicion and prepares to return home, but changes his mind.

Slowly becoming convinced that Rankin is guilty of both horrific war crimes and the murder of Meinike, Wilson enlists the aid of Judge Longstreet and his son Noah (Richard Long) to stop the criminal before he can eliminate Mary, the only person who can connect the killer and his victim.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver




THE STRANGER is a movie directed by Orson Welles in 1946. The picture was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Fim festival.

Edward G. Robinson is tracking Orson -Franz Kindler- Welles, a nazi who managed to hide in the U.S.A. under the name of Charles Rankin. Rankin has just married Loretta Young, the daughter of a judge. Robinson will have to convince a loving Loretta Young that her husband is in fact a war criminal.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



Script Analysis of The Stranger (1946)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   holocaust

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American    -   German

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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