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Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #149

Kick-Back Friday: #149


Described by several sources as the first film noir, Stanger on the Third Floor (1940) can only viewed on one of the many burned-to-order, no-frills DVDs from Warner Brothers’ archive collection.

In this meandering RKO production, 2 murders are ultimately suspected to be serial crimes by a city reporter and his girlfriendwho eyeballs a suspect character (Peter Lorre) in the reporter’s apartment building. The movie’s direction is notable for a lengthy, stylized dream sequence, in which the reporter imagines himself responsible for the death of a neighbor, and a surprisingly effective death scene that clearly uses rear projection.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.