The Stranger (1946)


stranger“Well, who but a Nazi would deny that Karl Marx was a German because he was a Jew? ” – Wilson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A Nazi hunter travels to rural Connecticut in order to find a deadly escaped Nazi.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I never heard of until last week and knew that it would be hard to not enjoy a movie with Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles.

Unfortunately, I was very wrong.

This film has too many boring scenes and we don’t get to know the characters well enough.

Both Robinson and Welles are good here, but neither gives a very memorable performance which is highly expected of actors like them.

I think the main problem with this film is that it was made too soon after the horrific events of World War II and therefore it lacks the perspective needed to make a film like this work well.

I am generally not an advocate for remaking movies, but I think that this is a film that would benefit from a remake because the basic story is pretty good but was just made too early.

Bottom Line – Not a very impressionable tale.  Was made too soon after World War II in order to be effective. Robinson and Welles are both good here, but neither gives such a memorable performance.  Perhaps a film like this needs to be remade now in order to be more hard hitting since we now have many years of perspective on the subject matter.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Orson Welles has stated that this is his least favorite of his films. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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One thought on “The Stranger (1946)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1946 | MovieRob

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