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Rubin Flood (Robert Preston) is going through a rough patch. He lost his job as a traveling salesman, and his increasingly distant wife, Cora (Dorothy McGuire), blames him for the family's financial troubles. His daughter (Shirley Knight), seeks refuge in the arms of a Jewish delinquent (Lee Kinsolving), while his son (Robert Eyer) remains firmly attached to his mother. As Rubin tries to keep his family together, he meets an attractive woman (Angela Lansbury) who arouses Cora's suspicion.

Cast & Crew

Eve Arden
Lottie Lacey
Angela Lansbury
Mavis Pruitt
Shirley Knight
Reenie Flood
Lee Kinsolving
Sammy Golden
Frank Overton
Morris Lacey
Robert Eyer
Sonny Flood
Penney Parker
Flirt Conroy
Ken Lynch
Harry Ralston
Irving Ravetch
Screenwriter
Max Steiner
Original Music
Harry Stradling Sr.
Cinematographer
Leo K. Kuter
Art Director
Marjorie Best
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Critic Reviews for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

All Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

  • Dorothy McGuire and Robert Preston are a married couple plagued by a number of honestly observed domestic problems in a long but interesting drama...

    December 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are a few moving scenes, but after two hours of it have wobbled past, one feels one has had more than enough of family life as hopped up and smoothed down by Mr. Mann.

    July 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This version of William Inge's family melodrama is verbose and lacks subtlety, but the acting is good, especially Shirley Knight who received her Oscar nomination.

    April 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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