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Title:The Spiral Staircase

Date: 1946
Type: Psychological thriller
Rating: 4 Stars 4/5
Colour: Black and White
Director: Robert Siodmak
Producer: Dore Schary

Comment
A mute maid is looking after an elderly bedridden woman in a rambling mansion also occupied by her two sons and a housekeeper. A serial killer is killing people with deformities and the old woman fears for the mute maid. This is a good tense psychological thriller that builds up to nice climax. There is a good performance from Dorothy McGuire as the mute but it is Etheel Barrymore who gives the best performance as the concerned old woman.

Actors

Dorothy McGuireDorothy McGuire
George BrentGeorge Brent
Ethel BarrymoreEthel Barrymore
Kent Smith
Rhonda FlemingRhonda Fleming
Gordon Oliver
Elsa LanchesterElsa Lanchester
Sara AllgoodSara Allgood
Rhys Williams
James Bell

Oscars

None
Production

RKO Radio Pictures
Spiral Staircase