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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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Complete credited cast:
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Stella Armitage
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Joseph Reynolds
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Sylvia
Bruce Lester ...
Hugh Bromilow
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Tom Armitage
Lumsden Hare ...
Inspector
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Ram Singh
Charles Irwin ...
Constable
Phyllis Barry ...
Lucy
Mary Field ...
Miss Snell
Paul Renay ...
Hindu Sailor
Sidney Bracey ...
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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1 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Murder on the Second Floor  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

(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 »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
(uncredited)
Music Traditional
Words by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by Charles Irwin at the end
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The Solution Is Not The End.
4 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The second line members of the Hollywood British colony got together and were cast in this B picture murder mystery. Miles Mander and Frieda Inescourt own a boardinghouse in London and there are a lot of strange doings happening at their establishment. Too bad there was no butler in the plot lest the solution be easy.

Best in the cast is the prim and proper spinster lady Mary Field who is most self conscious about being interviewed by the police in the persons of Lumsden Hare and Charles Irwin. Turhan Bey casts a mysterious presence as an Indian student boarding there who may be up to no good. India was not yet free from Great Britain and not everyone followed Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence.

For the solution in Shadow On The Stairs a knowledge of the American theater is required. The audience in 1941 would have figured it out immediately. But the solving of the mystery is not the end of film.

Shadow On The Stairs ain't the Maltese Falcon, it sure has a whole lot less values in it. But it's a competently made film and I'm sure complimented the Falcon well as a B film in a double feature.


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