The Stranger (1946)

Directed By – Orson Welles

Screenplay By – Anthony Veiller

Cinematography By – Russell Metty

Starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young & Orson Welles

115 min.

The Stranger seems more Hitchcock than Welles and that sums up how I feel about this movie. It’s not a terrible 40’s thriller, it’s just that when I watch a Welles movie I want a Welles movie, not a decent attempt to make a Hollywood film, which is what this is. I want something that is grander and more ambitious than a typical Hollywood thriller. Of course you can’t blame Welles for trying to get back into Hollywood, but he’s clearly not giving us the best cinema he is capable of and it shows.

If you want a 40’s thriller about evil coming into quaint American towns watch a Hitchcock movie, not this.

God Bless America


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