The Spiral Staircase (1946)

The Spiral Staircase




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Spiral Staircase is a thriller about a mute servant (Dorothy McGuire) who works in an spooky mansion that may house a killer who has been murdering women who have physical deformities.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Mel Dinelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 11, 2000
RKO Pictures

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as Helen Capel

as Professor Warren

as Mrs. Warren

as Dr. Parry

as Blanche

as Steve Warren

as Mrs. Oates

as Constable

as Neighbor

as Dr. Harvey

as Nurse Barker

as Mr. Oates

as Murder Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Spiral Staircase

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This dated old chestnut definitely wouldn't hold up as-is for today's audiences, but for fans of classic cinema it's well worth a look.

Full Review… | February 23, 2010

Erected on expressionistic Gothic menace

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Psychological drama has its share of chills; led by Dorothy McGuire standout.

March 16, 2009

Complex thriller with rich style.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Spiral Staircase


Noticeably less eventful than one might expect, but by no means boring, with an unsurprising ending. The cinematography, however, is almost to die for.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

Excellent chiller with an outstanding Dorothy McGuire in the lead. Fantastically moody settings and a real sense of dread permeates the proceedings under Siodmak's solid direction. It's the women in the cast who stand out here, aside from McGuire there's a young and very beautiful Rhonda Fleming, a quietly iunderstated but still scenery chewing Ethel Barrymore, and the humourous duo of Elsa Lanchester and Sara Allgood. All the men are rather stolid but it doesn't detract much from this superior and classy fright flick.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An atmospheric whodunit that has very little to do with a spiral staircase.

Someone is knocking off women with 'imperfections'. A woman with a scar on her face, a 'simple minded thing', a cripple... and now, someone is trying to kill Helen (Dorothy McGuire), the gorgeous mute servant of rich old Miss Warren (Ethel Barrymore). Good luck trying to figure this one out - there is a plethora of suspects, and no butler!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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