Classic Cinema: The Stranger (1946) – By Jason S. Lockard

Everyone loves a good mysteries tale! Our film for this month is a classic mystery The Stranger featuring an all star cast including our star of the month Loretta Young.

Loretta Young was born Gretchen Young in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 6, 1913 to Gladys and John Earle Young. she made her film debut in the 1917 silent film, Sirens of the Sea, but it wasn’t until 1928 that she was first billed as "Loretta Young" in The Whip Woman. Than in 1946 she co starred in our film of the month The Stranger.

The Stranger follows Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission who is hunting a Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler. Wilson releases Kindler’s former associate Meinike, hoping the man will lead him to Kindler. Wilson follows Meinike to the town of Harper, Connecticut where resides professor Charles Rankin (Orson Wells) and his wife Mary (Loretta Young). Wilson suspects Rankin is Kindler, even though he has no proof. Will Wilson be able to get the proof that he needs or is he wrong all together! You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

Loretta Young went on to act in many great films including; The Bishop’s wife, in 1947 The Farmer’s Daughter in which she won an Oscar for her performance and in 1949 she received a nomination for Come to the Stable. Than in the 50’s she moved to the small screen with The Loretta Young Show!

Young was married 3 times and had two sons and was the godmother to actress Marlo Thomas. Young Retired in the 60s and devoted her rest of her life to volunteer work for charities and churches. Young did, however, briefly come out of retirement to star in two television films, Christmas Eve in 1986, and Lady in the Corner in 1989. On August 12, 2000 Loretta Young died, from ovarian cancer, at the Santa Monica, California at the age of 87.

If you have never seen Loretta Young you really need to treat yourself to a great actress and The Stranger is one of her best performances. So until next month This is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a good movie; check out a classic!

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Film Noir
Length: 95 Minutes
Released: 1946
Our Rating: A