Stranger on the Third Floor
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

This small, interesting, film which is generally considered the first film noir, The Stranger on the Third Floor, directed by Boris Ingster, is the story of the story of a reporter's search for a murderer. Ward, (John McGuire) was the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 16, 1940
DVD Release Date: October 16, 1991
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a paranoid murder thriller that, for all of its budgetary constraints, took viewers on a spiral of justified paranoia.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This low-budget B film is thought by many to be the first true film noir.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Pretty creepy suspenser with unsettling Lorre performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
so it's a bit contrived and the lead actress is quite bad but this highly stylized film is considered the first noir with good reason: stunning art… More
Walter M.
In "Stranger on the Third Floor," Michael Ward(John McGuire), a reporter, is the chief witness for the prosection in the murder trial of Joe… More
Stephen M
A good little B-movie about a journalist whose eyewitness testimony convicts a potentially innocent man of murder. The journalist himself then becomes a victim… More
Michael Gildea
In some circles, the first film noir movie. The story is nothing special as Maguire plays a reporter who made the big time because of a mistaken identity murder… More