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Shadows On The Stairs

A serial killer stalks a London boarding house in this Hitchcock-inspired thriller.
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DVD Features:

  • Based on a play by Frank Vosper.
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

As the dense London night fog puts a stranglehold around Mrs. Armitage's old, dark boarding house, a murderer is picking off the inhabitants Suspects and victims include stern Mrs. Armitage (Frieda Inescort), Lucy, her incompetent alcoholic chambermaid, Hugh Bromilow, an unsuccessful young playwright, Sylvia (Heather Angel), Mrs. Armitage's daughter and Ram Singh (Turhan Bey), a mercurial Indian nationalist involved in unsavory international politics.

Based on the play by Frank Vosper, captured on plush locations and featuring highly theatrical performances, Shadows on the Stairs is a classic mystery brimming with intrigue.

Product Description:

Mr. and Mrs. Armitage run a boarding house where all the tenants are suspects in the mysterious killings that are taking place there. One tenant in particular, Mr. Bromilow, is the only one who seems to have a handle on case but he too is not to be trusted. In the classic murder-mystery tradition there is definitely a twist to it all.

Plot Keywords:

Mystery | Thriller | Vintage

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.0
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Rating 3.5 A fun film Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- October, 21, 2009

This is a British fun film with a nice surprise twist at the end that I wouldn't dare divulge. The mysterious Turhan Bey has a small part but does well with it. The entire cast is filled with veteran British actors seenn in dozens of films from comedy to drama. It's just a fun film.


Rating 4.0 Shadows On The Stairs Movie Lover: from Mattoon, IL US -- March, 27, 2009

I wanted to see Turhan Bey after reading some of the reviews concerning other movies he'd appeared in. Glad I chose this one for my maiden voyage with Mr. Bey. It was pretty obvious who dun it...I'd figured it out in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Or did I? You will too...but don't bet the farm on it! This one is one of the best surprise endings ever.


Rating 3.5 Shadows on the Stairs Movie Lover: from Cambridge, OH US -- November, 12, 2007

I bought this DVD because I am interested in the work of Turhan Bey, and he does a good job here. The play is a little silly, but harmless fun; kind of a play a high school senior class would put on. Reminds me in a way of Ten Little Indians.


Rating 4.0 Unexpectedly good Movie Lover: from Valley Village, CA US -- January, 29, 2007

This is an English boarding-house style murder mystery, taken from a stage play. Some wonderful English eccentric characters contribute to story, the best being a good comic performance by Mary Field, the nosy spinster prone to romantic fantasy.


Rating 3.5 Shadows On The Stairs Movie Lover: from Dearborn heights, MI US -- November, 2, 2005

If you can keep track of who's doing what to who -
this film is entertaining.. The viewing qulaity if good. There are quite a few plot twists so pay attention. Good film for the price.


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  • Sales Rank: 1,336
  • UPC: 089218439796
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