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Encyclopedia > Stranger on the Third Floor
Stranger on the Third Floor
Directed by Boris Ingster
Produced by Lee S. Marcus
Written by Frank Partos
Nathanael West (uncredited)
Starring Peter Lorre
John McGuire
Margaret Tallichet
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Released August 16, 1940
Running time 64 mins
Language English
Budget $171,200 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Stranger on the Third Floor is a 1940 film noir. According to critics, it is the first ever 'true' noir. Director - Boris Ingster, Screenplay - Frank Partos, Producer - Lee Marcus, Photography (b&w) - Nicholas Musuraca, Music - Roy Webb, Special Effects - Vernon L. Walker, Art Direction - Van Nest Polglase. Production Company - RKO Radio Pictures. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x1037, 83 KB)Stranger on the Third Floor This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie... American screenwriter Frank Partos (1901 - 1956) spent the first three years of the talkie era as a staff writer at Paramount. ... Nathanael West (October 17, 1903 - December 22, 1940) was the pen name of Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein. ... Peter Lorre, 1946, by Yousuf Karsh Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964) was an actor especially known for playing roles with sinister overtones in Hollywood crime films and mysteries. ... McGuire (center) with Bela Lugosi and Polly Ann Young in The Invisible Ghost John McGuire (October 22, 1910 - September 30, 1980) was a film actor of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. ... Roy Webb (October 3, 1888 - December 10, 1982) was a film music composer. ... Italian-born cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca (October 25, 1892 - September 3, 1975) began his film career as the chauffeur for silent-movie producer J. Stuart Blackton. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... See also: 1939 in film 1940 1941 in film 1940s in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Walt Disneys animated film Pinocchio is released. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... American screenwriter Frank Partos (1901 - 1956) spent the first three years of the talkie era as a staff writer at Paramount. ... Italian-born cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca (October 25, 1892 - September 3, 1975) began his film career as the chauffeur for silent-movie producer J. Stuart Blackton. ... Roy Webb (October 3, 1888 - December 10, 1982) was a film music composer. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ...

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Plot

Reporter Michael Ward is the key witness in a murder trial. His evidence - that he saw the accused Briggs standing over the body of a man in a diner - is instrumental in having Briggs deemed guilty. But afterwards Ward’s fiancee Jane is worried whether Ward was correct in what he saw and Ward becomes haunted by this question. Next Ward’s neighbour is killed the same way as the man in the diner. But Ward is arrested for trying to point this out to the police. And so Jane goes out to try and clear Ward by finding the sinister stranger that Ward saw on the stairwell.


Reaction

The film is well received today by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an 80% fresh rating. [1] Rotten Tomatoes is a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of movies and video games. ...


Upon it's release in 1940, New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther called the film pretentious: "John McGuire and Margaret Tallichet, as the reporter and his girl, are permitted to act half-way normal, it is true. But in every other respect, including Peter Lorre's brief role as the whack, it is utterly wild. The notion seems to have been that the way to put a psychological melodrama across is to pile on the sound effects and trick up the photography." [2] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Bosley Crowther (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American film critic. ...


Dave Kehr, writing for the Chicago Reader calls the film "An RKO B-film from 1940, done up in high Hollywood expressionism. It's absurdly overwrought (which was often the problem with the German variety), but interesting for it. The director, Boris Ingster, is better with shadows than with actors--venetian blinds carve up the characters with more fateful force than Paul Schrader's similar gambit in American Gigolo, and there's a dream sequence that has to be seen to be disbelieved." [3] The Chicago Reader is an alternative newsweekly in Chicago, Illinois. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Venetian blind detail, showing how slats are connected Cat tangled in miniblinds A window blind is a covering for a window, usually attached to the interior side of a window. ... DVD cover American Gigolo is a 1980 film, written and directed by Paul Schrader, who based the film on French director Robert Bressons Pickpocket (1959). ...


Featured cast

Actor Role
Peter Lorre The Stranger
John McGuire Michael 'Mike' Ward
Margaret Tallichet Jane
Charles Waldron District Attorney
Elisha Cook Jr. Joe Briggs
Charles Halton Albert Meng

Peter Lorre, 1946, by Yousuf Karsh Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964) was an actor especially known for playing roles with sinister overtones in Hollywood crime films and mysteries. ... McGuire (center) with Bela Lugosi and Polly Ann Young in The Invisible Ghost John McGuire (October 22, 1910 - September 30, 1980) was a film actor of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. ... Diminutive character actor Elisha Cook Jr. ...

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