Stranger on the Third Floor

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Run time: 64 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th August 1940

Budget: $171.2 thousand

Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Lee S. Marcus

Starring: Peter Lorre as The Stranger, John McGuire as Michael Ward, Margaret Tallichet as Jane, Charles Waldron as District Attorney, Elisha Cook, Jr. as Joe Briggs, Charles Halton as Albert Meng, Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Kane, Cliff Clark as Martin, Oscar O'Shea as The Judge, Alec Craig as Briggs' Defense Attorney, Otto Hoffman as Charles Evans

Stranger on the Third Floor Movie Review


Widely considered the first film noir, Stranger on the Third Floor is a breezy, strange journey through one man's mind and the American penal system, to boot. McGuire, a star newspaper reporter, witnesses the aftermath of a murder, then is suspected himself when a second killing takes place. What's Peter Lorre doing lurking about? Well, he's the stranger. Barely an hour long, the movie is masterfully photographed but hastily thrown together, with a resolution that makes you wonder how noir ever got off the ground.

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