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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane: Why do they want to lock you up? The Stranger: So they can hurt me. They put you in a shirt with long sleeves and they pou
The BBC have just run a film noir weekend. I have been collecting them as they come up on the television and try and see as many as I can.

The classics are of course The Big Sleep , Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity Postman Always Rings Twice. These were all based on great stories that were already successful.

Stranger on the Third Floor was made...
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Peter Wade

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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and (sort of) sweet
An efficient, RKO noir, very much worth watching, though the low budget lets it down. It could have done with being a bit longer (it's only just over an hour), and the plot including the ending a bit more complex. However, it's a very early example of film noir (1940), and the influence of German expressionism is very strong - there's at least one scene directly recalling...
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by John Gammon


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane: Why do they want to lock you up? The Stranger: So they can hurt me. They put you in a shirt with long sleeves and they pou, 25 Aug 2009
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Peter Wade (Colchester England) - See all my reviews
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The BBC have just run a film noir weekend. I have been collecting them as they come up on the television and try and see as many as I can.

The classics are of course The Big Sleep , Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity Postman Always Rings Twice. These were all based on great stories that were already successful.

Stranger on the Third Floor was made earlier than all these and only runs for 64 minutes. It was made in the days when they had B films. Made in 1940 by German refugees with Peter Lorre in the main role. I remember him imploring Rick to help him in Casablanca

It starts with a reporter claiming to having recognised a murderer and his evidence puts him away. Later he sees a stranger and another murder has taken place. He starts to doubt his evidence.

There is then a weird dream sequence and the stranger is caught.

I wont give away the ending but it all ends happily, justice is done in the end and the hero gets the girl.

The story is simple but the treatment is outstanding. It is a world of boarding houses, diners, pushy lawyers, erascible judges and cynical policemen with the DA being got out of bed in the middle of the night to give his opinion.

It all seems to happen at night and no one sleeps.

It is claimed this is the first film noir if it isn't it is a little gem. It should be a lot better known. I am surprised that on both amazon.com and amazon.co.uk that no one has reviewed this film before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and (sort of) sweet, 25 Aug 2009
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John Gammon (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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An efficient, RKO noir, very much worth watching, though the low budget lets it down. It could have done with being a bit longer (it's only just over an hour), and the plot including the ending a bit more complex. However, it's a very early example of film noir (1940), and the influence of German expressionism is very strong - there's at least one scene directly recalling Nosferatu. It's highly regarded and it certainly has its moments.
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