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Stranger on the Third Floor (16-Aug-1940)

Director: Boris Ingster

Writer: Frank Partos

Musical Score by: Roy Webb

Producer: Lee Marcus

Keywords: Drama, Murder Witness, Film Noir

A newspaper reporter's testimony is key to sending a man to the electric chair, the trial based entirely on circumstantial evidence. Then a nearly identical murder occurs and the reporter is now the prime suspect. Well-produced and acted B-movie which rises above its station; considered (perhaps erroneously) by some critics as the earliest film noir.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Elisha Cook, Jr.
26-Dec-1903 18-May-1995 The Maltese Falcon
Charles Halton
16-Mar-1876 16-Apr-1959 Bespectacled character actor
Peter Lorre
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon


Peter Lorre   ...   Stranger
John McGuire   ...   Michael Ward
Margaret Tallichet   ...   Jane
Charles Waldron   ...   District Attorney
Elisha Cook, Jr.   ...   Joe Briggs
Charles Halton   ...   Albert Meng
Ethel Griffies   ...   Mrs. Kane
Cliff Clark   ...   Martin
Oscar O'Shea   ...   Judge
Alec Craig   ...   Defense Attorney
Otto Hoffman   ...   Police Surgeon


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