The Stranger

The Stranger

Orson Welles (1946)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Orson Welles was said to have had little time for this thriller about the search for a Nazi war criminal in small-town America, but it helped put him back on the Hollywood map after a series of box-office failures. There are some of his characteristic directorial touches on view, as well as some of the actorly excesses that typified the performances he gave when he was jobbing to fund his more personal projects. Stars Edward G Robinson and Loretta Young are impressive, but the eye always alights on the imposing figure of the third-billed Welles. Russell Metty's stylish shadowy photography is so superb, it beggars belief that the film was also released in a colorised version.


A war crimes investigator is on the trail of an infamous Nazi. Drama, directed by and starring Orson Welles, with Loretta Young.

Cast & Crew

Professor Charles Rankin/Franz Kindler Orson Welles
Mary Longstreet Loretta Young
Wilson Edward G Robinson
Noah Longstreet Richard Long
Judge Longstreet Philip Merivale
Dr Jeff Lawrence Byron Keith
Potter Billy House
Konrad Meinike Konstantin Shayne
Director Orson Welles
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray