The Stranger (1946) Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson

The Stranger (1946) Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson Loretta Young A cinema masterpiece and one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE (1941) flopped at the box office. Shocking yes, but his next film fared even worse. Behind schedule and over budget, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) was a critical success but a financial disaster. Welles needed to prove himself on his third project as director and star. While it may be missing his cinematic genius, THE STRANGER (1946) is a top-notch thriller and the only film he directed that was a bona fide box office hit.//// CosmosNut Acting, camera, directing, dialogue, plot. One of the best in this genre in my opinion, it has aged well. Thank you for putting this up for viewing.//// Randy Acuna The stranger. Three superstars working at full steam. Everything is just right for this classic film.///// Curt Rayvis One of the best Noir films ever made. You can watch this dozens of times in your life and never get tired of it. That is cinematic greatness! I first saw this in 1959 when I was 5. My mom told me about each one of the actors. My dad was an actor (stage) and my mom a movie buff. She even knew the bit players and had stories about them. She saw Noir when they were new releases! ///// Quantum Effect Residue A Masterpiece from the 1940's.//// Darla Bible This movie is one of my top ten. It is a masterpiece of emotion and the evil in some men’s souls.When Red is killed what Richard Long says to Edward G. Is just heartbreaking./////Neal Pritchett Damn! Someone already used the phrase "Masterpiece." Still, there is no other description that comes close. Wells portrays the worst and most terrifying kind of evil. It is the calm, deliberate, amoral evil that requires no anger, passion, reason , or need. It is the kind of evil that sees no reason to do anything other than satisfy itself. Wells played a similar character, though a bit less grim, in The Third Man. The classic movie, Night of the Hunter, had Robert Mitchum playing a similarly evil and conscienceless character. For most people, doing evil is a reflection of their weakness of character and inability to control themselves. For the kind of person portrayed here, evil is their strength. It is what they are. //// Janice Carroll Love these black and white films.///// Motel Rx Edward G. Robinson & Orson Wells in the same picture is a Dream come true! //// ursula hemard The Stranger (RKO, 1946): (Links to an external site.) "Within just five years, Orson Welles had fallen from the position of Boy Genius with complete artistic control over his work to an industry-wide failure, forced to take onThe Stranger (1946) to prove he could work within the studio system as well as anyone. His debut film Citizen Kane (1941) established him as an important artist but also managed to turn most of Hollywood against him, mostly out of fear of the powerful publisher William Randolph Hearst, who was the model for Kane, and out of resentment for Welles' unique contract with RKO that allowed him free rein on his pictures. His next film, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), potentially an American masterpiece, was butchered by the studio while Welles was off shooting the ill-fated South American project, It's All True (filmed in 1942 but not released until 1993). The truncated studio version of The Magnificent Ambersons flopped, as did his next project, the political thriller Journey into Fear (1942, credited to Norman Foster). After a four-year hiatus and a lot of bad press, Welles was eager to prove himself capable of bringing in a picture on time and within budget. The result was The Stranger, Welles' most conventional film but one which nevertheless bears some of his distinctive touches." POSTED BY SPYROS PETER GOUDAS TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA