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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
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Hugh Bromilow
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Tom Armitage
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Inspector
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Ram Singh
Charles Irwin ...
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Lucy
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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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(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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delightful B-Movies Mystery
17 June 2004 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

With a cast like this, a B-movie mystery just can't miss. But first you must skip over the juvenile leads, both male and female, and look beyond them to the talented, polished and very-experienced supporting cast.

Frieda Inescort, past her girlish good-looks stage, gives an outstanding performance as the duplicitous, cheating landlady of the boarding house where the murder takes place. Turhan Bey, then a young actor of considerable skill with an already notable acting history, plays another ethnic role-- the sort in which he was most typecast- that of the mysterious "easterner" --turban and all.

Veteran actors Paul Cavanagh and Miles Mander round out this superb cast. You may recognize both from many 1940's supporting roles; Mander was also a director of early silents.

Beware of nay-sayers who are always trying to compare films of this era with today's output-- Phrases like "it does (or doesn't) show it's age" or "it does (or doesn't) hold up today" are meaningless when viewing films of this genre. In fact, such comparisons are boring and tedious.

This is a fun low budget effort, with an able cast, a crazy plot-line (why not?), and a few hysterical scenes (like the boarder who won't talk to the police because she's lost her false teeth).

Recommended. Don't miss it.


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