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The Dark Stairway (1954)

 |  Crime, Short  |  March 1954 (UK)
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A blind man who is a "nose witness" to a murder, is asked to select the killer from a line-up based on his acute sense of smell.



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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Lustgarten ...
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Harmer
Edwin Richfield ...
Joe Lloyd
George Manship ...
George Benson
Vincent Ball ...
Sgt. Gifford
Lionel Newbold ...
Mr. Cross
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Anderson ...
Molly Stephens
Mark Bellamy
Bill Nagy ...
Bar Owner (as Bill Nagie)
Grace Denbigh Russell ...
Mrs. Morris (as Grace Denbeigh-Russell)
Henry Webb ...
Old Lag


A blind man who is a "nose witness" to a murder, is asked to select the killer from a line-up based on his acute sense of smell.

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Crime | Short





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March 1954 (UK)  »

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Casebook: The Case of the Dark Stairway  »

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1.37 : 1
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Pictures in a Fog
Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Who 'Nose' The Killer?
28 April 2010 | by (Essex, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the many entries in the 'Scotland Yard' series of film shorts, made for British cinemas in the 1950's as second features. This case was known in the police files as 'The Greek Street Murder'. It begins in Soho, London on 4th January 1952. A blind man witness's the murder of Harry Carpenter by Joe Lloyld. At the same time Mrs. Morris (a neighbour) hears the noise and then sees a man in dark spectacles feeling around the dead body. The blind man, George Benson is then falsely accused of murder because the only evidence against the real killer, Joe Lloyld is that he was released from prison in the same week. As the police try to find him by checking his haunts, Inspector Jack Hammond finds the murder weapon hidden inside the cistern over a toilet. It then comes out that Carpenter was murdered because he betrayed Lloyld to the police and then he stole his girlfriend Molly Stephens. Carpenter is later arrested and is identified by witness George Benson, who detects him by his ring, voice and the smell of the aftershave in his hair. This short is mostly studio bound rather than the usual high amount of location work around London. It's very atmospheric and almost film noir in it's feel and the great direction by Ken Hughes.

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