This Academy Award-nominated thriller follows Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi fugitive hiding out as a professor in a small Connecticut town. When his new wife (Loretta Young) begins to suspect his past, a detective (Edward G. Robinson) sets out to uncover his identity.
The prodigy son of an inventor and a musician, Welles was well-versed in literature at an early age, particularly Shakespeare, and, through the unusual circumstances of his life (both of his parents died by the time he was 12, leaving him with an inheritance and not many family obligations), he found himself free to indulge his numerous interests, which included the theater. He was educated in private schools and traveled the world. He found it tougher to get onto the Broadway stage, and get a job with Katharine Cornell. He later became associated with John Houseman, and, together, the two of them set the New York theater afire during the 1930s with their work for the Federal Theatre Project, which led to the founding of the Mercury Theater. The Mercury Players later graduated to radio, and their 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast made history when thousands of listeners mistakenly believed aliens had landed on Earth. In 1940, Hollywood beckoned, and Welles and company went west to… read more
The knock that this is Welles at his most conventional is reasonable, but regardless it is still Orson Welles. That’s enough.
Hungry for Orson Welles and don't want to watch something seen before? Lower your expectations. Enjoy supporting role of Mr. Potter/Billy House and a few typical Wellesian moments. Writing makes the clunky plot unbelievable--the talent couldn't save it from my laughs. Reportedly Welles least favorite effort-he wanted Agnes Moorehead not Robinson as the G-Man and 20-30 minutes were cut and lost. Might've helped.