Beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for old ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger. Written by
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Did You Know?
, after receiving critical praise for her performance in A Woman's Face
(1941), at one point campaigned for the role of the mute girl played by Dorothy McGuire
. Crawford also owned the rights, but MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer
vehemently opposed the idea, telling her "No more cripples or maimed women". See more
When Helen first walks up the main staircase, she pauses to look at herself in the mirror. In the next shot as the camera slowly rolls backwards, she is still looking in the "mirror" but there is no reflection of herself (just a painting designed to look like mirror). See more
Forgive me, Steven, I thought it was you. He always waited until you came home, so I thought it was you.
Version of The Spiral Staircase
Waltz Op. 34 No. 2 in A minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played during the scene at the silent movie theater See more