A cinema masterpiece and one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE (1941) flopped at the box office. Shocking yes, but his next film fared even worse. Behind schedule and over budget, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) was a critical success but a financial disaster. Welles needed to prove himself on his third project as director and star. While it may be missing his cinematic genius, THE STRANGER (1946) is a top-notch thriller and the only film he directed that was a bona fide box office hit.