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Stairway to Light (1945)

Approved | | Short, Drama, History | 3 November 1945 (USA)
The story of 18th Century French physician Dr. Phillipe Pinel, whose initiated enlightened, humane treatment of the mentally ill.

Director:

Sammy Lee

Writers:

John Nesbitt (story), Rosemary Foster (screenplay)
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Cast

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John Nesbitt ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Part of MGM's Passing Parade series, the focus is on Dr. Phillippe Pinel, head of an asylum during the time of the French Revolution. Pinel couldn't believe what he found on his first inspection of the facility. Several of the inmates had been there for 30 years or more and lived in horrible conditions, a prison rather than a hospital. He believed that the mentally could be cured and within two years of over a hundred inmates were released. His work was not popular and he was beaten on the street only to be rescued by one of the inmates he had released years before. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Drama | History

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 54: Stairway to Light See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included on the Warner DVD of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The iron gates built to keep madmen in served once to keep madmen out.
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Connections

Follows The Great American Mug (1945) See more »

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Well worth checking out..and now on DVD
3 January 2011 | by mrobbinsSee all my reviews

What a wonderfully humane story, of a great man who needs to be better known for his innovations. I'm now on the lookout for a more in depth study of his work. I'm sure for one so pivotal in the treatment in those labeled as 'mad' or 'insane', that one must exist. Perhaps those who have seen this and were interested enough to investigate further, can recommend a good one

I've just seen this as one of the extras on the 2010 Australian (Region 4) DVD release of the 1945 classic "The Picture Of Dorian Gray". So if you're looking to find a permanent copy on DVD, in an excellent transfer, that's where you'll locate it. Hope that helps those who enjoyed this fabulous story


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