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Watch: Look Back at ‘The Stranger,’ Orson Welles’ First Work-for-Hire Picture

Watch: Look Back at 'The Stranger,' Orson Welles' First Work-for-Hire Picture

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.

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