Edward G. Robinson stars as a government agent tracking down a sadistic Nazi officer (Orson Welles), who has evaded justice for running Nazi extermination camps. Rankin has crafted a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town by marrying Mary (Loretta Young), the daughter of a local judge; but as his past begins to catch up with him, will his wife side with the investigators or her husband...
Chilling anti-nazi drama
- The Stranger review by RM
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made just after the second world war this Orsen Wells directed drama tells in a matter of fact way the tracking down by a war crimes agent of a nazi war criminal who sent thousands of people to the gas chambers.
It is memorable on several counts; The brilliant black and white photography which adds to the content of the story but also there is the underlying truth that many Nazi warcriminals did escape to South America and the USA. There is tension all the way through this movie, which is enhanced by the peaceful small town location which the Nazi Franz Kindler (Orsen Wells) has made his home. In order to swallow up his past identity he marries a local girl who is unaware of his background.
The agent (Robinson) follows another Nazi who leads him to Kindler.
The film ends with a gripping climax involving a gruesome end to Kindler thanks to the town clock! Well worth watching.