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

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