Stranger on the Third Floor

"Very Good"

Stranger on the Third Floor 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.


Stranger on the Third Floor

Facts and Figures

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: Boris Ingster

Producer: Lee S. Marcus

Starring: as The Stranger, as Michael Ward, as Jane, as District Attorney, Elisha Cook, Jr. as Joe Briggs, as Albert Meng, as Mrs. Kane, Cliff Clark as Martin, Oscar O'Shea as The Judge, Alec Craig as Briggs' Defense Attorney, Otto Hoffman as Charles Evans

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