The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Reviews

  • Jul 19, 2020

    The acting is strong but the narrative is messy.

    The acting is strong but the narrative is messy.

  • Apr 10, 2012

    Such an important underrated film... exceptional performances all around, profound and riveting... and it hasn't lost it's edge with time

    Such an important underrated film... exceptional performances all around, profound and riveting... and it hasn't lost it's edge with time

  • Mar 31, 2010

    Very good but dated film starring Robert Preston as a husband and father who loses his job and struggles to supporting his family and his wife Dorothy McGuire fears he is cheating on him. The acting is great all around, Prestonand McGuire were great together. The whole Jewish hate storyline took up too much time, but oh well. Angela Lansbury was excellent in it, especially her seen with McGuire, I wish she was in it more. Not quite sure why Shirley Knight got nominated for this, but whatever. It's a good movie,

    Very good but dated film starring Robert Preston as a husband and father who loses his job and struggles to supporting his family and his wife Dorothy McGuire fears he is cheating on him. The acting is great all around, Prestonand McGuire were great together. The whole Jewish hate storyline took up too much time, but oh well. Angela Lansbury was excellent in it, especially her seen with McGuire, I wish she was in it more. Not quite sure why Shirley Knight got nominated for this, but whatever. It's a good movie,

  • Sep 20, 2009

    Such an important underrated film... exceptional performances all around, profound and riveting... and it hasn't lost it's edge with time

    Such an important underrated film... exceptional performances all around, profound and riveting... and it hasn't lost it's edge with time

  • Jan 05, 2009

    Good cast weird setting.

    Good cast weird setting.

  • Mar 27, 2008

    it is safe to say that inge did for the midwest what williams and faulkner did for the south. he exposed us as sick, repressed creatures that don't like our children very much. thank you william inge. this is my favorite piece of his because it's the one where you can feel some compassion for the men as well as for the women. bud loomis was an idiot, as was hal in picnic. but i am with ruben fllod as he takes back his house. and i am with dorothy mcguire's cora as she shows her husband that she still loves him, though he shames her. and as she shows her daughter reenie compassion over losing her first true love. and that character, sammy, is inge's only attempt to show a gay man in his play--albeit a suicidal one. good, good movie.

    it is safe to say that inge did for the midwest what williams and faulkner did for the south. he exposed us as sick, repressed creatures that don't like our children very much. thank you william inge. this is my favorite piece of his because it's the one where you can feel some compassion for the men as well as for the women. bud loomis was an idiot, as was hal in picnic. but i am with ruben fllod as he takes back his house. and i am with dorothy mcguire's cora as she shows her husband that she still loves him, though he shames her. and as she shows her daughter reenie compassion over losing her first true love. and that character, sammy, is inge's only attempt to show a gay man in his play--albeit a suicidal one. good, good movie.