The Stranger on the Third Floor

The Stranger on the Third Floor

Director: Boris Ingster Cast: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet
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The Stranger on the Third Floor

Though he doesn't speak his first line of dialogue until the film's final ten minutes, Peter Lorre spiritually dominates the fascinating RKO melodrama Stranger on the Third Floor. The plotline is carried by John McGuire, playing Ward, a newspaper reporter whose courtroom testimony sends the hapless Briggs (Elisha Cook Jr). to the death house. Ward is certain that he saw Briggs leaving the scene of a murder, but as the days pass, he is tortured by guilt and doubt -- especially during the film's surrealistic knockout of a nightmare sequence. When another murder is committed, Ward finds himself as much a victim of circumstantial evidence as the unfortunate Briggs. The reporter's girlfriend (Margaret Tallichet) tries to clear Ward....and that's when she first makes the acquaintance of Lorre, who is heard ordering a pound of raw meat! Stranger on the Third Floor was a "film noir" long prior to the genesis of that cinematic movement. Long ignored or trivialized by film historians, this 7-reel quickie has in recent years graduated to classic status.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2010
UPC: 0883316270905
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:04:00
Sales rank: 11,079

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Lorre Stranger
John McGuire Mike Ward
Margaret Tallichet Jane
Charles Waldron District Attorney
Elisha Cook Joe Briggs
Charles Halton Meng
Ethel Griffies Mrs. Kane
Cliff Clark Martin
Oscar O'Shea Judge
Alec Craig Defense attorney
Otto Hoffman Police surgeon
Lee Bonnell Actor
Frank Hammond Actor
Max Hoffman Actor
Donald Kerr Actor
Bessie Wade Charwoman
Bobby Barber Italian grocer
Lynton Brent Cabdriver
Jack Cheatham Detective
Ray Cooke Drug Store Attendant
Robert Dudley Postman
William Edmunds Gardener
James Farley Policeman
Betty Farrington Stout Woman
Greta Granstedt Housekeeper
Dell Henderson Detective
Gladden James Reporter
Charles Judels Nick
Jane Keckley Landlady
Don Kelly Policeman
Paul McVey Lt. Jones
Frank O'Connor Policeman
Broderick O'Farrell Minister
Bud Osborne Bartender
Emory Parnell Detective
Lee Phelps Cabdriver
Henry Roquemore Mr. McLean
Ralph Sanford Truck driver
Herb Vigran Reporter
Robert Weldon Reporter
Frank Yaconelli Jack
Harry C. Bradley Court Clerk

Technical Credits
Boris Ingster Director
Lee Marcus Producer
Harry Marker Editor
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Frank Partos Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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