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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 »

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay), Irving Ravetch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... Rubin Flood
Dorothy McGuire ... Cora Flood
Eve Arden ... Lottie Lacey
Angela Lansbury ... Mavis Pruitt
Shirley Knight ... Reenie Flood
Lee Kinsolving ... Sammy Golden
Frank Overton ... Morris Lacey
Robert Eyer Robert Eyer ... Sonny Flood
Penney Parker Penney Parker ... Flirt Conroy (as Penny Parker)
Ken Lynch ... Harry Ralston
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Storyline

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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No motion picture ever lit up so warmly! And no picture has ever unlocked a more secret door into the private shame and thrill of men and women See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La oscuridad al final de la escalera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

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

[Setting out to find a new job.]
Rubin Flood: Well, I sold everything else in my time. I guess I can sell myself.
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Connections

Referenced in That Girl: Dark on Top of Everything Else (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs
Composed by Max Steiner
Performed by Chet Atkins with Bob Thompson And His Strings
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Just the best!!!
18 April 2005 | by bbboomer49-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago and fell in love with it. I have hunted for the video but unfortunately there isn't one. I was lucky enough to find it playing on TV several years ago and taped it. Although I am happy to have what I do, I think it's a shame it is not available for the Robert Preston fans out there. It is a movie that was before its time. It hit on topics that were seldom talked about publicly in the time setting. Topics hinted at but not openly discussed like they do in this film. Robert Preston did a remarkable job as the character, Rubin Flood. Your heart went out to him because you could see through his strong, always looking for the positive, family provider roll. The fear and uncertainty he faced each day as the head of his family and his aging prospects at being successful in the eyes of his family. The film has a glorious mix of humor and drama. Unforgettable!!


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