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The Stranger (1946 ****)


Ecaped Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), has assumed the identity of Charles Rankin, a professor of German Studies at a small college in the Connecticut village of Harper. To cement his new identity, he is to wed Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Longstreet. But his past is about to catch up with him as his imprisoned Nazi comrade, Konrad Meinike, has been released so he can lead Allied War Crimes Commissioner Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) to where Kindler is hiding. After Mary?s marriage to Rankin, Wilson convinces Judge Longstreet and his son Noah that Mary must be told of Rankin?s true identity. In the final confrontation in the Academy Award Nomination 1946: clocktower, Rankin is skewered by one of the clock?s sword bearing statues.