And Welles' acting is every bit as peculiar (and as good) as his directing. He's a Nazi war criminal who's come to Smalltown, U.S.A to disappear, and is about to marry the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice as the first step in his Happily Ever After. But along comes Edward G. Robinson, bulldog investigator for the War Crimes Commission, to shoot Orson's dreams to hell.
Loretta Young is the loving, trusting bride slowly forced to face the fact she's married a monster. She and Welles together account for about 90% of the wild eyeballs. Also on hand is a young Richard Long as her college student brother, twelve years away from 77 Sunset Strip and nineteen years away from The Big Valley.
This one never got boring, and built up to a clocktower climax that must have been the envy of Alfred Hitchcock. Dang, that's two Overlooked Films in a row that I actually enjoyed. Will the streak last another week? Stay tuned.
The rest of this week's Overlooked Films are now playing at Sweet Freedom.