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The Dark Stairway (1954)

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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Edgar Lustgarten ...
Himself - Narrative
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Harmer
Vincent Ball ...
Sergeant Gifford
George Manship ...
George Benson
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Joe Lloyd
Gene Anderson ...
Molly Stephens
Lionel Newbold ...
Mr. Cross
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Bar Owner (as Bill Nagie)
Mark Bellamy
Grace Denbeigh-Russell ...
Mrs. Morris
Henry Webb ...
Old Lag
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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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March 1954 (UK)  »

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Casebook: The Case of the Dark Stairway  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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George Manship died a couple of months after this was released. See more »

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Aerial Combat
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Music by Hubert Clifford
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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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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