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Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Boris Ingster and produced by Lee S. Marcus.

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Warner Archive: The Birth of Film Noir in Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

By KC on Jun 6, 2016 From Classic Movies

Today Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) is most famous for being one of the first to fully embody classic film noir style. It easy to see why; its bleak fatalism and dark shadowy look do scream noir. Now available in a remastered edition on DVD from Warner Archive, a wider audience can admire the i... Read full article


Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) (2)

By Beatrice on Apr 3, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Stranger on the Third Floor Directed by Boris Ingster Written by Frank Partos 1940/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing/Streaming on Amazon Instant Video (free to Prime members) This odd little “B” movie may have very well have been the very first film noir. ?I found it interesting if ... Read full article


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The Judge: [Noticing a sleeping juror] Juror #2, the jury will pay strict attention to the evidence.
Juror #2: I'm sorry, your honor, I was up all night with a terrible toothache.
The Judge: [Scolding him] Well, that's too bad, but it's your duty to stay awake and try to follow the evidence with as much intelligence as you've got.


Albert Meng: [Objecting to Ward's typing] If you have to write, write with a pencil!


The Stranger: They send you to take me back?
Jane: No, who?
The Stranger: Don't you know? The people who lock you up.
Jane: Why do they want to lock you up?
The Stranger: [Matter-of-factly] Oh, so they can hurt me. They put you in a shirt with long sleeves, and they pour ice water on you.


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Peter Lorre owed RKO two days on his contract and was given this role with few scenes and few lines, but received top billing.
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