Friday, November 20, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Stranger on the Third Floor

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 11/20/2015

FORMAT: Streaming (Google Play)

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 12 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A young newspaper reporter has doubts about his testimony that sends an innocent man to the electric chair.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   The law, media and how things can be misconstrued and taken out of context.  We should not be found guilty by our thoughts, but our actions.

PROS AND CONS: A real sleeper of a film.  At only 63 minutes long, it isn’t a lengthy film but packs a lot of content.  The dream sequence alone is worth watching when taken in context of when it was made and the state of Hollywood special effects at the time.  

While Peter Lorre has top billing in the film, he is not seen on screen for any length of time until the last 10 minutes of the film.  This is ‘Film Noir’ at it’s height.  The shadows on the walls and the dark streets are too numerous to count.  

The styling aside, this is a fascinating film, since you really can’t tell where it is going until the last 10 minutes and while some of the scenes and flashbacks seems to have little relevance to the story, they all make sense in the end.  

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

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