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Stranger On The Third Floor

When upstart journalist Michael Ward (John McGuire) testifies that he saw Joe Briggs (Elisha Cook Jr.) at the scene of a murder, Briggs is jailed and sentenced to death. Later, Michael's conscience and troubling dreams get the better of him. He tells his girlfriend, Jane (Margaret Tallichet), that he isn't certain Briggs is guilty. They begin to investigate, but unfortunately, the couple soon makes the acquaintance of an ominous, enigmatic man (Peter Lorre) who wants the case to stay closed.

Release Date

August 16, 1940

Running Time

62 minutes

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Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

John McGuire

John McGuire

Margaret Tallichet

Margaret Tallichet


Director Boris Ingster

Screenplay Frank Partos, Nathanael West (uncredited)

Producer Lee S. Marcus

Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca

Editing Harry Marker

Music Roy Webb

Distributor RKO Radio Pictures

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