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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Stella Armitage
Paul Cavanagh ...
Joseph Reynolds
Heather Angel ...
Sylvia
Bruce Lester ...
Hugh Bromilow
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Tom Armitage
Lumsden Hare ...
Inspector
Turhan Bey ...
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 »

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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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Good Character Actors & an Under-Appreciated B-Movie Director
7 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overlooked B-Movie Director Ross Lederman Made Over 100 Films and Ended His Prolific Career in Television. He Had It. An Ability to Make a Low-Budget Movie Interesting with Creative Pizazz and a Steady, Sometimes Flourishing, Hand.

This One is About Characters. A Lot of Characters with Varying Personalities Living in a Boarding House in London (actually WB back lot) and the Bodies are Being Stacked Here and There and the Audience is Asked..."Who Done It?"

Entertaining and Interesting for its Short Running Time of Just Over an Hour. There is a Twist Ending that No One Will See Coming and it's a Pleasure Being Fooled, If You Let It. A Good Cast with Some Recognizable Character Actors Make this an Above Average Mystery Movie with a Light Touch.

Note...America had not entered WWII at the time and this was a shout out to our overseas cousins, who were. It Even Shows an admiration for British Colonialism, concerning India (that now seems embarrassing).


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