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Director  Robert Siodmak
Country  United States
7.6/10 IMDb

Language  English
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Release date  February 7, 1946 (1946-02-07) (New York City)
Based on  the novel Some Must Watch  by Ethel Lina White
Writer  Mel Dinelli (screenplay), Ethel Lina White (novel)

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The Spiral Staircase is a 1946 American film noir psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, from a screenplay by Mel Dinelli based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch (1933). The novel was adapted for a radio production starring Helen Hayes before reaching the screen.


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The Spiral Staircase (1946 film) movie scenes

In early 20th century New England, a serial killer murders disabled young women in the community. His next victim apparently is Helen (McGuire), a mute girl working as a live-in companion for the wealthy, bedridden Mrs. Warren (Barrymore). Mrs. Warren urges her to leave the house, as does Dr. Parry, who knows the reason for Helen's loss of speech and hopes to help her get her voice back. Rounding out the household are Mrs. Warren's son and stepson, her verbally abused nurse, a secretary, a handyman and his wife, a housekeeper with a taste for brandy.


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  • Dorothy McGuire as Helen
  • George Brent as Professor Albert Warren
  • Ethel Barrymore as Mrs. Warren
  • Kent Smith as Dr. Parry
  • Gordon Oliver as Steven Warren
  • Rhonda Fleming as Blanche
  • Elsa Lanchester as Mrs. Oates
  • Sara Allgood as Nurse Barker
  • Rhys Williams as Mr. Oates
  • James Bell as Constable
  • Production

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    RKO Pictures acquired the rights to produce the film from independent producer David O. Selznick, who had purchased the rights to Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch (1933). The original working title was The Silence of Helen McCord. The film was shot between August through October 1945.


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    Variety wrote, "This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout." Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "This is a shocker, plain and simple, and whatever pretensions it has to psychological drama may be considered merely as a concession to a currently popular fancy."

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    The review in Variety printed on December 31, 1945 praised Dorothy McGuire’s performance claiming that it produced many “unforgettable moments".

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    Ethel Barrymore was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 19th Academy Awards.

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    The film earned RKO a profit of $885,000.


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    The Spiral Staircase was adapted as a half-hour radio play on the November 25, 1949 broadcast of Screen Director's Playhouse, starring Dorothy McGuire in her original role.

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    It was remade as a feature film in 1975 with Jacqueline Bisset, and again as a TV movie in 2000 with Nicollette Sheridan.

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