September Film: The Stranger (1946)


The Stranger

95 minutes | 2 July 1946 | United States

‘Set in Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise, Kindler marries Mary Longstreet, daughter of a Supreme Court justice.’

Director: Orson Welles
Producer: Sam Spiegel
Screenplay: Anthony Veiller, John Huston (uncredited), Orson Welles (uncredited)
Story By: Victor Trivas
Starring: Edward G. Robinson as Mr. Wilson, Loretta Young as Mary Longstreet Rankin, Orson Welles as Professor Charles Rankin, aka Franz Kindler
Music: Bronislaw Kaper
Cinematography: Russell Metty
Editor: Ernest J. Nims
Production Company: International Pictures
Distributor: RKO Radio Pictures

Downloads (via Internet Archive): 512KB MPEG4, MPEG2, Torrent

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The Internet Archive, at, is a prominent source for moving pictures in the public domain or under a Creative Commons licence. This means that they are free to stream, and in many cases to download and utilise creatively. The Internet Archive holds a collection of more than 3,000 feature films, many but not all from the silent era, and from across world cinema.

Each month I will select an available film, typically courtesy of the Internet Archive, and present it here to watch and with links to download wherever possible. The following day I will publish an analysis of the film, based on my own viewing, alongside commentary from pertinent critics. Read The Stranger analysis at Culturedarm.