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Stranger on the Third Floor
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(1940)

Newspaper reporter John McGuire plunges into a nightmare of guilt, fearing that his "evidence" has sentenced the wrong man to death. A stunning example of cinematic expressionism, cited by many as the first studio film shot in a completely noir style. Peter Lorre virtually reprises the eerily convincing persona he created in Fritz Lang's M, adding an emotion-wringing melancholia to his performance as a paranoid, lost soul. Featuring the astounding art direction of Van Nest Polglase and the brilliant cinematography of Nicholas Musuraca, as well as reportedly uncredited script work by Nathanael West (The Day of the Locust)!

Runtime:
1:04
Released:
August 16, 1940

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Cast

Yrqctnmgwnvp871d9fbjnpn6lpv Peter Lorre The Stranger
Jdxynujpmbl7trvm6o969fk0gcs John McGuire Michael Ward
N0iqbkg5vtjd1wzynq8yxujiz4w Margaret Tallichet Jane
Emtf7debxehb9squhtvzsvfbkdd Charles Waldron District Attorney
Ntxqhlpeaxtm7wqisgdlytlg7hk Elisha Cook Jr. Joe Briggs
Fqqmqijrmsqqcm6het2o34hd2ar Charles Halton Albert Meng
3y1gzgmw87drsl1okzr947hcemp Ethel Griffies Mrs. Kane
Cliff Clark Martin
Oscar O'Shea The Judge
Alec Craig Briggs' Defense Attorney
Otto Hoffman Charles Evans

Crew

Camera

Nicholas Musuraca Director of Photography

Directing

Boris Ingster Director

Production

Lee S. Marcus Producer

Sound

Roy Webb Original Music Composer

Writing

Frank Partos Screenplay