Title: The Spiral Staircase Summary: In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced. Directed by: Robert Siodmak Actors: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures Release Date: 31 May 1946 (Argentina) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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.
December 15, 2020 Subject:
Not to miss, no, no
The movie is fine. Even more, very well built. The first scene is great art, with movie in the movie. But these are reasonnable reasons. There are others, wich have to do with the metting between "normal" people and the hidden gift on anormality, for the best and for the worst. Realy, IA made me discover Siodmak (also to see, the wonderful "Phantom Lady" ; it was the first time I felt that people who were born before the invention of cinema couldn't live a complete life of artistique emotions and intelligence. Something like before alphabet... I'm glad to be born "after cinema"
May 29, 2019 Subject:
good film noir - murder mystery
Decent cast, good script, well-acted, well-paced. Enough confusion is provided regarding the identity of the murderer to make it involving to the end. One of the better movies I've come across on the Internet Archive.