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Template:Infobox Film The Stranger is a 1946 film noir/drama starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, and Loretta Young. Welles also directed the film, which was based on an Oscar-nominated screenplay written by Victor Trivas. Sam Spiegel was the film's producer, and the film's musical score is by Bronisław Kaper. It is believed that this is the first film released after World War II that showed footage of concentration camps. The Stranger was the only film made by Welles to have been a bona fide box office success on the first release (Citizen Kane had made back its budget and marketing, but not enough to make a profit). The copyright was by "The Haig Corporation";[1] & it has been in the public domain for several years.


It is 1946 and Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles). Kindler has effectively concealed his Nazi activities prior to his escape to the United States. He assumes a new identity, Charles Rankin, lands a job as a university professor and marries Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), who is the daughter of Supreme Court justice Judge Adam Longstreet.

Wilson releases Kindler’s former associate Meinike (Konstantin Shayne) and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, but Meinike is strangled to death before he can identify Kindler. Wilson must convince Mrs. Rankin, the only person to have seen Kindler and Meinke together, that her husband is a war criminal.


In an early scene at the school, Edward G Robinson's character follows Meinike into the gymnasium and is nearly killed by Meinike. As Meinike escapes from the gym, there is a sign on the door he opens that reminds students to use equipment at their own risk. It is signed by Coach Roskie. There really was a Coach Roskie who taught and coached at the Todd School for Boys where Orson Wells went to school. Coach Roskie was also the summer program director at Camp Tosebo (the summer extension of the Todd School) from 1930 until 1971. That same scene also has a sign mentioning Miss Collins and Clover Hall, both real people and places from Orson's days at Todd School


Actor/Actress Role
Edward G. Robinson Mr. Wilson
Loretta Young Mary Longstreet Rankin
Orson Welles Franz Kindler AKA Professor Charles Rankin
Philip Merivale Judge Adam Longstreet (Mary’s father)
Richard Long Noah Longstreet (Mary’s brother)
Konstantin Shayne Konrad Meinike
Byron Keith Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence
Billy House Mr. Potter
Martha Wentworth Sara
Erskine Sanford Uncredited cameo; major role in Kane


  1. The Stranger, DVD#9_9346,Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc. 2002

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