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The Spiral Staircase (6-Feb-1946)

Director: Robert Siodmak

Writer: Mel Dinelli

From novel: Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White

Music by: Roy Webb

Producer: Dore Schary

Keywords: Thriller

In turn-of-the-century New England, a serial killer targets young women with disabilities (or "afflictions", using the language of the time), culling those he considers imperfect. Dorothy McGurie turns in an exceptional performance as a mute women in the employ of bedridden Ethel Barrymore. Stylish gothic thriller; Ethel Barrymore received Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sara Allgood
31-Oct-1879 13-Sep-1950 How Green Was My Valley
Ethel Barrymore
15-Aug-1879 18-Jun-1959 None But the Lonely Heart
George Brent
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
Rhonda Fleming
10-Aug-1923   Spellbound
Elsa Lanchester
28-Oct-1902 26-Dec-1986 Bride of Frankenstein
Dorothy McGuire
14-Jun-1916 13-Sep-2001 A Summer Place
Gordon Oliver
27-Apr-1910 26-Jan-1995 The Spiral Staircase
Kent Smith
19-Mar-1907 23-Apr-1985 Cat People
Rhys Williams
31-Dec-1897 28-May-1969 The Bells of St. Mary's


Dorothy McGuire   ...   Helen (Mrs. Warren's caretaker)
George Brent   ...   Prof. Warren
Ethel Barrymore   ...   Mrs. Warren (wealthy invalid)
Kent Smith   ...   Dr. Parry (Mrs. Warren's son)
Rhonda Fleming   ...   Blanche
Gordon Oliver   ...   Steve Warren
Elsa Lanchester   ...   Mrs. Oates
Sara Allgood   ...   Nurse Barker
Rhys Williams   ...   Mr. Oates
James Bell   ...   Constable


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