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Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 August 1940 (USA)
An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a café owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself.

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John McGuire ...
Margaret Tallichet ...
Jane
Charles Waldron ...
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Joe Briggs
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Albert Meng
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Mrs. Kane, Michael's Landlady
Cliff Clark ...
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Oscar O'Shea ...
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Alec Craig ...
Briggs' Defense Attorney
Otto Hoffman ...
Charles Evans, the Police Surgeon
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Storyline

Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike's girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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El desconegut del tercer pis  »

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$171,200 (estimated)
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Composer Roy Webb recycled the main theme in "Murder My Sweet." See more »

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When Jane leaves the coffee shop to follow the Stranger, the shades on the doors are shown to be higher from the outside than they were from the inside. See more »

Quotes

Michael Ward: What if she's right - he didn't do it, and they give him the chair?
Martin: Suppose they do? What difference does it make? There's too many people in the world anyway.
Michael Ward: What's the use of talking to you? You think everything's a joke.
Martin: My son, it is. If it weren't, life wouldn't be worth living.
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Unusual, little known thriller
4 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Taut, weird psychothriller centers on a novice newsman who's been promoted because of stories connected to a murder to which he's the only witness. His testimony gets the innocent man (Cook, Jr.) convicted, as he discovers when his neighbor is killed by the same man (Lorre) -- who the police refuse to believe exists. In fact, our hero is now suspect #1 in the crime he was covering. His loyal girlfriend, god bless her soul, sets out to track Lorre down, even though she's never seen him.

Good low-budget noir, VERY short. Excellent photography, very odd dream sequences.


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