In the late 1930s, RKO Radio Pictures offered Orson Welles, still an untried movie director, a very hefty two-picture deal. And he didn’t disappoint, at least not artistically. His first movie out of the gate, Citizen Kane (1941), fared neither well nor poorly at the box office. But today you will find it topping nearly every list of the greatest films ever made.
And, what’s more, many now consider Welles the greatest director to ever make films. Given this legacy, we have to mention that Welles’ third released film, The Stranger, a 1946 film noir thriller, has slipped into the public domain. A commercial success upon release, the movie features Edward G. Robinson hunting a Nazi fugitive (Welles himself) who marries the daughter (Loretta Young) of a Supreme Court justice. The Stranger (which SenseofCinema breaks down rather nicely) appears above, or you can find an alternative version in our collection of Free Movies Online.