The Stranger (1946)

Charles Rankin is a professor in a respectable Connecticut town about to marry the daughter of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But his name is fake and his past is filthy. An earnest convert to Christianity, who once ran a Nazi concentration camp, is capable of exposing him. So “Rankin” kills this little old man and buries his body in the forest. But he isn’t safe because an investigator from the War Crimes Commission is on his tail. Rankin will need his own wife to help him elude capture. But his fascination with the local clock tower may prove his undoing

(Plot summary written by J. Spurlin)



Director: Orson Welles

Writer: Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Victor Trivas (story/adaptation), Decla Dunning (adaptation), John Huston (uncredited), Orson Welles (uncredited)

Editor: Ernest J. NimS (as Ernest Nims)

90to5 Editor: JackBlack


Runtime original: 01:55:00

Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:47

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90to5 Editor Bio:

Some scenes were restructured to serve clarity and simplify the story. Thus Wison\\\’s quest is revealed in stages.The killing of the dog and the discovery of Meineke\\\’s body are dropped because Kindler\\\’s admission to his wife that he intends to kill her is sufficient to motivate her change of heart. I was dissatisfied with the real ending of this film, so I substituted a shot I felt capped things off.

— JackBlack




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