Orson Welles directed this film coming on the heels of the end of World War II that deals with the escape and pursuit of Nazi war criminals.
This film noir style movie is taut and exciting and full of strong work from Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Welles.
Robinson played Mr. Wilson, an investigator from the United Nations War Crimes Commission who was in search of Nazi war criminal, Franz Kindler (Orson Welles). Kindler had escaped and had established a new identity for himself in the United States.
The only hope Wilson had was to release Kindler’s associate Meinike (Konstantin Shayne) in the hopes that he might lead the way to Kindler. Meinike does, but Wilson loses him.
Kindler’s new identity is that of Charles Rankin, a prep school teacher who has an obsession with maintaining and repairing clocks. Rankin was preparing to marry Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young). Meinike stopped by their home prior to the wedding.
Meinike wanted Rankin to confess and turn himself in, but instead, Rankin strangled him and buried the body.
Things began to unravel for Rankin and he started plotting to murder Mary.
The conclusion to the film was exciting and well done as the final confrontation involved the bell tower that Rankin had been helping restore.
The film contains the first documentary footage of the Holocaust.