Stranger on the Third Floor
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a paranoid murder thriller that, for all of its budgetary constraints, took viewers on a spiral of justified paranoia."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"This low-budget B film is thought by many to be the first true film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Pretty creepy suspenser with unsettling Lorre performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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