Directed by Orson Welles • 1946 • United States
Starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles
Following the back-to-back masterpieces of CITIZEN KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Orson Welles next applied his once-in-a-generation genius to the suspense film, crafting an unsettling postwar thriller that combined his baroque visual style with dark noir themes. Edward G. Robinson stars as Wilson, a government agent who tracks down wanted Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler (Welles) in a quaint Connecticut town, where he has managed to craft a new identity for himself as the respectable husband of Mary (Loretta Young), a local judge’s daughter. As Wilson closes in on Kindler, Mary is forced to confront the horrifying prospect that her husband may not be who she thinks he is.