I'm not sure how this thread morphed into an "Ambersons" discussion, but I agree it would be interesting to discover what was actually shot, but later cut by Welles before the 131 min. version was assembled. I'm fairly certain that Eugene and Isabel's conversation by the tree was originally longer including Tarkington's lines about Time being like smoke rising up a chimney into the sky (just like in the end of "Citizen Kane"!). As it stands now, that scene is a bit abrupt, although it would work much better coming between the first veranda scene and the dinner scene (as originally edited) than as the premature placeholder it serves now. If publicity stills can be trusted, it appears they may have been another scene featuring Bronson (Erskine Sanford) and the "greek chorus" of townsfolk taking place in a city clerk office. Of course, the footage using the camera as George traveling through the deserted Amberson mansion was eliminated, although I can't imagine it would have taken up more time than dictated by Welles' original narration (a series of dissolves would have probably been used, just like with the building shots during the "last walk home").
Just to get this thread back on "The Stranger", I would suggest that, despite studio interference, it's closer to Welles' intentions than "Lady From Shanghai" which not only suffers from haphazard cutting and poor scoring, but features an awful lot of "glamour close-ups" Welles was forced to insert that disrupt his natural visual style. "The Lady From Shanghai" is the better film ultimately, but "The Stranger" is less polluted.