Stranger On the Third Floor
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Critics and fans agree: Stranger on the Third Floor is the little B picture that launched one of the greatest movements in cinemahistory: film noir. Peter Lorre plays the eerie title role in this once-neglected gem about a reporter (John McGuire) whosetestimony sentences a small-time loser (Elisha Cook Jr.) to the electric chair for murder. When the reporter himself is fingered ina 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: asuspense-and-sweat-drenched dream sequence that jolted 1940 audiences into an exciting new way of looking at the movies.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1940
- Stranger on the Third Floor © 1940 RKO Pictures, Inc. Package Design © 2010 Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.