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The Stranger

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MGM Released 1946

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Director:
Orson Welles
Released:
1946
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The Stranger is a 1946 film noir directed by and starring Orson Welles. Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) is an escaped Nazi war criminal who has assumed a new identity as a teacher in Connecticut. Calling himself Charles Rankin, Kindler is married to Mary Longstreet (Loretta Lynn), a member of a prominent local family. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a Nazi hunter at the UN, believes he has tracked down Kindler and sends Kindler's former subordinate Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) to lead him out of hiding. However, Kindler is unrepentant and kills Meineke rather than give himself up. Mr. Wilson arrives in town shortly afterwards and begins raising uncomfortable questions about Kindler's past and Meineke's whereabouts. Mary, the only person to see Kindler meet Meineke, begins to grow suspicious of her husband's activities. Kindler soon finds himself caught in a swiftly narrowing trap and is willing to do whatever it takes to preserve his freedom -- even if that means endangering his wife.

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Crime, Foreign Language