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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)

Approved | | Drama | 8 October 1960 (USA)
In Oklahoma in the 1920s, Ruben Flood loses his job as a traveling salesman, when the company goes bankrupt. This adds to his worries at home. His wife Cora is frigid because of trying to ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Rubin Flood
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Cora Flood
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Lottie Lacey
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Mavis Pruitt
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Reenie Flood
Lee Kinsolving ...
Sammy Golden
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Morris Lacey
Robert Eyer ...
Sonny Flood
Penney Parker ...
Flirt Conroy (as Penny Parker)
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Harry Ralston
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In Oklahoma in the 1920s, Ruben Flood loses his job as a traveling salesman, when the company goes bankrupt. This adds to his worries at home. His wife Cora is frigid because of trying to make ends meet. His teenage daughter Reenie is afraid of going out on dates, but eventually makes friends with a troubled Jewish boy Sammy, and his son is a mama's boy. He finally storms out of the house when Cora falsely accuses him of having an affair with Mavis Pruitt. Written by Will Gilbert

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Stirred with uncertainty...trembling with desire! See more »

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8 October 1960 (USA)  »

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La oscuridad al final de la escalera  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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When asked which of her movies stands out to her, Angela Lansbury cited this film, saying, "That's one I felt we did a good job with, one that didn't get the attention it deserved." See more »

Quotes

Rubin Flood: Reenie, you're at the beginning of things. These feelings are new to you. You want to get off on the right foot. I'm not talking about the physical side of things, I know you'll always be decent in the way you act. But a man wants to be met by a generous heart in a woman. A open heart. Honey, never be ashamed to say what you feel, and if you come to love a man, let him know it. Let him know all about it.
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References The Sheik (1921) See more »

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TRULY A TOUCHING FILM
28 December 2001 | by (NEW MEXICO) – See all my reviews

I'm known as a soft touch when it comes to the films I enjoy but this movie also touched and affected my two teenage sons who accidentally were caught up in it while I was watching it. It is very poignant especially the religious prejudice and the pain & destruction it caused. This is a tasteful story of first love, love lost and love re-discovered. The characters are wonderful. I hope to have an opportunity to tape it or even better to purchase it.


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