Stranger on the Third Floor (DVD)

When a reporter whose testimony sentences a small-time loser to the electric chair for murder is himself fingered in a second murder, he realizes both crimes are a furtive stranger.


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Genre:   Film-Noir
Director:   Boris Ingster
Writers:   Frank Partos
Cast:   Peter Lorre, John Mcguire, Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldr, Charles Waldron, Elisha Cook, Jr., Charles Halton, Ethel Griffies, Cliff Clark
Theatrical Release Date:   08/16/1940
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Stranger on the Third Floor
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Entertaining (10)
  • Great cinematography (8)
  • Engaging characters (7)
  • High production value (4)
  • Original (3)

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    • Adult viewers (6)
    • Perfect gift (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Remasterd STRANGER is a revelation!!!!

    One of my all-time favorite films...finally on DVD, and looking AMAZING! This little RKO B-picture was something I stumbled across on TV years ago, and it captivated me. Over the...Read complete review

    One of my all-time favorite films...finally on DVD, and looking AMAZING! This little RKO B-picture was something I stumbled across on TV years ago, and it captivated me. Over the years, it has gained a cult following, and I hoped against hope that a DVD release would finally yield a better print than the fuzzy, grimy old one that's been kicking around for years.

    Now, thanks to the great Warner people, the film is sharp as a tack, clean, & comes newly alive. A taut murder mystery tale told with a novel flair, this is truly a must for anyone who loves film noir....and the film's pivotal character, portrayed with trademark terror by Peter Lorre.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    First, but not best Film Noir

    Please see my complete review at Trophy Unlocked

    Please see my complete review at Trophy Unlocked

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    3.0

    First, but not best Film Noir

    By Stubs

    from Van Nuys, CA

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Weak Cast

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
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    Please see my complete review at Trophy Unlocked

     
    5.0

    Great audio and visual quality!

    By Noir Fan

    from El Paso, Texas

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    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Talented Acting

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      Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

      It may seem very tame by today's standards of blood and gore which are so commonplace in movies that no one is frightened by these special effects, yet, Peter Lorre is menacing and scary as all get out in this thriller about a serial killer running amuck in the neighborhood. He was one of the all-time great character actors! With the use of light, shadows and angled camera shots, this movie introduced movie goers to film noir.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      its's Peter Lorre, whats not to like?

      By coreyhhh

      from Bronx, NY

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      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value

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        Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

        A very interesting, 'out off the box', piece of cinema. All the shadowy cinematography you expect to find in a noir, plus characters who may or not be what they seem. The dream sequence has inspired many a dream sequence today, and was ahead of it's time. Fine whodunit, with Peter Lorre doing...Peter Lorre! Ah, the studio era stars!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        creepy film noir

        By martian

        from germany

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        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining

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          Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

          i saw this movie when i was a kid and thought it was dark and creepy, now that i have finally seen it again i still feel the same way. the picture is very good and it is always fun to watch peter lorre.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Film Noir, recommended

          By J.Gabin

          from Pasadena, CA

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          Pros

          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • Talented Acting

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            Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

            The DVD has an very good picture and clear sound, Great restoration, thanks WB Archive!
            Good Story, Great Cinematography, and a Ok Cast.
            Good Film Noir. One of the hard to find Peter Lorre films.
            I Highly Recommend this movie, especially for all Peter Lorre Fans.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Early Film Noir

            By TGT

            from Pittsburgh, PA

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            Pros

            • Great Cinematography

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              Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

              Perhaps the first film noir, the classic German lighting (shadows, blinds,
              shaded faces, Peter Lorre) make this a must see for anyone who is interested in this genre. Classic plot!

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              peter lorre!

              By hemihead

              from the bronx, n.y.

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Original

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                Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

                fine film noir!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great dream sequence

                By Jazzmonkie

                from Tempe, AZ

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                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining

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                    Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

                    The image quality was a little shakey at the beginning but it improves greatly after the first few minutes. It is much better than the copy that was shown on AMC years ago.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quality DVD of low budget gem.

                    By Rick K.

                    from Home Theater, USA.

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                    • Great Cinematography

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                        Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

                        Long overdue DVD release of important "B" film, this RKO quickie with its nightmarish chiaroscuro effects predates the Lewton series, anticipating film noir with strong expressionist rendering for psychological effect (Peter Lorre's role brief but memorable). This is the best video version yet available in terms of visual quality, with complete logo/title sequence (often abbreviated) and exceptional clarity/contrast to benefit shadowy night scenes and astounding dream sequence.

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        essential film noir

                        By davhomcom

                        from usa

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value
                        • Informative
                        • Original

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                          Comments about Stranger on the Third Floor:

                          Considered by many to be the first "film noir". Recommended

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