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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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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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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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Lighthearted whodunit with tight script, good performances
19 January 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Nearly everyone has something to hide in the London lodging house that is the setting of this enjoyable thriller. Even the young writer (Bruce Lester) who is a central character is not what he seems—posing as aspiring but not yet successful, he is in fact (we learn early on) an already popular playwright living incognito in a setting that he thinks will provide him with material for his next work….a thriller.

The other lodgers are embroiled in various political intrigues, secret relationships, and hidden resentments and jealousies. Plot elements include a knife hidden inside a bedpost; a heavy box of something mysterious; figures coming and going at odd hours, including one whose face is hidden beneath a shawl; and a portable chess board and pieces. Also worth noting: the characters all seem familiar with the play "Charley's Aunt" when it is mentioned.

The one character who has no secrets, no suspicions, is the young woman (Heather Angel) who naturally takes a special interest in the young writer; to her, the house is just a home and "A mouse in the pantry's the most exciting thing that's happened around here since I can remember."

Mary Field is excellent as Phoebe St. John Snell, the chatty single lady who has a vivid imagination.

Mystery purists may not like the cute ending scene; personally, I found it rather charming. Overall, it's a fun little picture—plenty of plot (but not too much) packed into 61 minutes.


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