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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Orson Welles' Thriller Noir 'The Stranger'

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by Trailers From Hell
January 14, 2013 12:22 PM
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Orson Welles, foreground, in "The Stranger"

Orson Welles Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing thriller noir "The Stranger," starring Welles as a Nazi posing as a New England professor, and Edward G. Robinson as the shrewd War Crimes Commission investigator tailing him.

Posing as a college professor in a small Connecticut town, a Nazi war criminal plots all manner of perfidy under the unsuspecting eyes of his bride-to-be. Orson Welles' work-for-hire thriller was aimed at proving he could make a mainstream Hollywood movie. Widely considered a second-tier title, it's actually quite Wellesian in its anti-Fascist concerns and works very well on a conventional thriller level despite the usual post-production alterations. The full film can be accessed in good quality here.

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