Stranger on the Third Floor

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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)!

  1. Boris Ingster


  2. Frank Partos


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  1. Peter Lorre

    Peter Lorre

    The Stranger

  2. John McGuire

    John McGuire

    Michael Ward

  3. Margaret Tallichet

    Margaret Tallichet


  4. Charles Waldron

    Charles Waldron

    District Attorney

  5. Elisha Cook Jr.

    Elisha Cook Jr.

    Joe Briggs

  6. Charles Halton

    Charles Halton

    Albert Meng

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 4m

Budget $171,200.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • August 16, 1940



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