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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Stella Rosabelle Armitage
Paul Cavanagh ...
Joseph 'Joe' Reynolds
Heather Angel ...
Sylvia Armitage
Bruce Lester ...
Hugh Bromilow
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Tom Armitage
Lumsden Hare ...
Inspector Gregg
Turhan Bey ...
Ram Singh
Charles Irwin ...
Constable
Phyllis Barry ...
Lucy Timson, the Maid
Mary Field ...
Phoebe Martia St. John Snell
Paul Renay ...
Choong Thi, 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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The play originally opened in New York on 11 September 1929. 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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A pleasant stage play-turned-movie from the 40s
10 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keeping in mind that this movie is totally American and the UK had been at war for quite a while, most people everywhere were looking for something to enjoy and smile about. Those who critique this movie as lacking some action/adventurous mystery just don't understand the feelings and thoughts of the early 1940s when the US would be facing Pearl Harbor in just 9 months from this release. And for the Warner Bros. to send a kind and light-hearted film to the UK when they were facing bombs and death was a good thing. Some of the critiques here went as far as criticizing the actors - all of whom did their jobs very well. But then I'm familiar with those who think they know more than they actually do know. The bumbling police, the silly portrayal of the women were all designed in the story to bring that light-heartiness to the viewer. I'm surprised there wasn't a cute Scottish Terrier running around. So if you like a Light movie without the blood and guts as some people here wished to have seen, this is a pleasant stage play turned into a cute movie for a hour's time.


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