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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 1 March 1941 (USA)
Occupants of a London boarding house become suspects as a string of murders are discovered.

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Mrs. Stella Armitage
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Joseph Reynolds
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Sylvia
Bruce Lester ...
Hugh Bromilow
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Tom Armitage
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Inspector
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Ram Singh
Charles Irwin ...
Constable
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Lucy
Mary Field ...
Miss Snell
Paul Renay ...
Hindu Sailor
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Watchman (scenes deleted) (as Sidney Bracy)
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Occupants of a London boarding house become suspects as a string of murders are discovered.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Murder on the Second Floor  »

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(Turner library print)

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The play originally opened in New York on 11 September 1929. See more »

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(at around 37 mins) A constable has a notepad and pencil in his hands writing down details as he questions 2 ladies & a gentlemen. As the ladies go downstairs, the constable tucks the notepad in his belt as he briefly turns his back to the camera watching the ladies leave. He immediately turns back to the camera to question the gentleman and now has the notepad and pencil in his hands as before without reaching for it in his belt. See more »

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Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: Now You See Me, Now You Don't (2013) See more »

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Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Music Traditional
Words by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by Charles Irwin at the end
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Too Much Material for Just 65-Minutes
5 February 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Residents of a boarding house become suspects when one of the owners is murdered, the maid goes missing, and a mysterious easterner is involved in shady dealings. Romantic triangles, smuggled boxes, and a strange veiled lady complicate the plot.

Average whodunit, very much in the light-hearted style of the time. There's the amateur sleuth, the ingénue, the comical cops, and a collection of sinister and not-so-sinister types. Unfortunately, the direction lacks imagination or style. The dense, talky script is filmed in pedestrian fashion adding little to the stage play origin. Some suspense builds in generic fashion as we wonder who killed Joe. However, trying to cram the many story subplots into an hour's format squanders narrative focus, thus weakening suspense. Heather Angel as the ingénue Sylvia adds much needed spark, while Mary Field as the spinsterish Miss Snell manages a degree of pathos. The unusual ending is, I think, a matter of taste. All in all, as a mystery, the programmer doesn't live up to its opening scene, but might do for a rainy night.


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