Stranger on the Third Floor (1940): First True and Genuine Film Noir?

 

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Stranger on the Third Floor COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION

 

Boris Ingster’s Stranger on the Third Floor is considered by some critics to be the first true noir.

 

Stylistically, it shows low-lighting, flashbacks, and has in the cast Elisha Cook Jr.

“The fancy camera effects, lighting, and trick dubbing,” cost far more than was necessary for a “desultory ‘B,’” scoffed Variety. “Too arty for average audiences.”