Stranger on the Third Floor
Warner Archive Collection (series)
When a reporter whose testimony sentences a small-time loser to the electric chair for murder is himself fingered in a second murder, he realizes both crimes are the work of a furtive stranger - but will anyone believe him?
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 21, 2010
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldron, Elisha Cook, Jr., Charles Halton, Ethel Griffies & Cliff Clark|
|Directed by||Boris Ingster|
|Edited by||Harry Marker|
|Screenwriting by||Frank Partos|
|Composition by||Roy Webb|
|Produced by||Lee Marcus|
|Director of Photography:||Nicholas Musuraca|
... a paranoid murder thriller that, for all of its budgetary constraints, took viewers on a spiral of justified paranoia. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- This low-budget B film is thought by many to be the first true film noir. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- Pretty creepy suspenser with unsettling Lorre performance.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Critics and fans agree: Stranger on the Third Floor is the little B picture that launched one of the greatest movements in cinema history: film noir. Peter Lorre plays the eerie title role in this once-neglected gem about a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentences a small-time loser (Elisha Cook Jr.) to the electric chair for murder. When the reporter himself is fingered in a second murder, he realizes both crimes are the work of a furtive stranger - but will anyone believe him? All the shadowy, shivery, angled angst of German Expressionism is here, married to the hard-boiled moral ambiguity that marks the genre. The highlight: a suspense-and-sweat-drenched dream sequence that jolted 1940 audiences into an exciting new way of looking at the movies.
When a reporter's testimony convicts an innocent man for murder, he is haunted by second thoughts.
- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
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