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.


Dorothy McGuire
as Helen Capel
George Brent
as Professor Warren
Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Warren
Kent Smith
as Dr. Parry
Gordon Oliver
as Steve Warren
Elsa Lanchester
as Mrs. Oates
James Bell
as Constable
Ellen Corby
as Neighbor
Erville Alderson
as Dr. Harvey
Sara Allgood
as Nurse Barker
Rhys Williams
as Mr. Oates
Myrna Dell
as Murder Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Spiral Staircase

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

Audience Reviews for The Spiral Staircase

  • Mar 30, 2012
    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 e Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2011
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2008
    good creepy thriller in a spooky old mansion
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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