An investigator from the War Crimes Commission (Edward G. Robinson) travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi, who may be hiding out in a small town in the guise of a distinguished professor (Orson Welles).
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Geçmişteki tüm izlerini silen ama kafasındaki sesleri susturmak için saatlere takıntılı bir karakter... Kırılan pipo, ancak bir Nazi'nin Yahudi olduğu için Marx'ı Alman olarak görmemesi, insanın kime âşık olduğunu bilmemesi, Mary'nin kolyeyi koparttığı an, boncuk boncuk terleyen bir "emir aldım" vicdan muharebesi... İşte bunlar hep "dama"! Bir de şaka: "Anyone using apparatus in this room- does so at their own risk!"
Brilliantly directed and photographed but everything else is kinda flat. It's very entertaining but the story is very thin and rather uninteresting and none of the actors give their best performances. Has some good moments but it's a lesser Welles.
It may be "minor Welles", whatever the hell that means, but the man was still too hard on himself. In a rare moment of modesty, Welles said he made the film to prove to Hollywood that "I could say 'action' and 'cut' just like the rest of the fellows". But the film is more lush and mysterious than routine. To prove Orson wrong, all you have to do is look at the first two minutes.
Not bad. Edward G. Robinson has to be the ugliest actor in film history. I loved the bit where Welles gets a spike in his gut on the top of the church. Oh dear, I just spoiled the end for anyone who's not seen it. But who cares?