The Spiral Staircase

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Brief Synopsis: "In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger."

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Minnesota Man80 - A fine dose of chills and tingles.
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People Involved

  • Dorothy McGuire (Helen Capel)
  • George Brent (Professor Warren)
  • Ethel Barrymore (Mrs. Warren)
  • Kent Smith (Dr. Parry)
  • Rhonda Fleming (Blanche)
  • Gordon Oliver (Steve Warren)
  • Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Oates)
  • Sara Allgood (Nurse Barker)
  • Rhys Williams (Mr. Oates)
  • James Bell (Constable)
  • Erville Alderson (Dr. Harvey (uncredited))
  • Ellen Corby (Neighbour (uncredited))
  • Myrna Dell (Murder Victim (uncredited))
  • Robert Siodmak (The Killers Eye (uncredited))
  • Robert Siodmak (Director)