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Shadows on the Stairs (March 1, 1941)

Shadows on the Stairs
 

Released on March 1, 1941: (running time 58 minutes) There are multiple murders and disappearing tenants in a London rooming house filled with many clues and suspects, but very few answers.

Produced by Bryan Foy

Directed by D. Ross Lederman

The Actors: Frieda Inescort (Mrs. Stella Rosabelle Armitage, landlady), Paul Cavanagh (Joseph Reynolds), Heather Angel (Miss Sylvia Armitage, daughter), Bruce Lester (Hugh Bromilow), Miles Mander (Tom Armitage), Lumsden Hare (Police Inspector Gregg), Turhan Bey (Ram Singh, Indian student), Charles Irwin (Constable), Phyllis Barry (Lucy Timson, house maid), Mary Field (Miss Phoebe Marcia Singent Snell, maiden lady), Paul Renay (Hindu sailor), Sidney Bracey (watchman), Manuel Lopez (Hindu sailor), Paul Panzer (taxi cab driver helping Ram Singh)

 

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Rooming House, or Slaughter House?

The most delicious murder mysteries subtly reveal clues that we may or may not recognize, all pointing to the killer, if we are sharp enough to pick up the clues and interpret them correctly. Usually the clues are not thrust at us openly and clearly, but in this one clues come fast and furious from the opening scene. I don’t mean to brag, but after watching so many murder mysteries over the years, it is usually very easy for me to see the real clues and know quickly where our story is heading.

I just paused the movie after 30 odd minutes in, and I must confess, I am clueless. . . . No, Let me correct that. I have so many clues rattling around in my head that it is overwhelming . . . . And none of them point to a solution that I can be satisfied with. . . . . . Like a thousand piece jig saw puzzle, with one piece missing. . . . Every clue is in front of me, but at this moment I cannot see how the pieces will fit in any reasonable way. Fifty-five minutes into a fifty-eight-minute movie, I am more confused than ever.

Okay, I have now finished the movie, and all I can say is, . . . . . Whooooooeee. What a fun ride! The final plot-twisting revelation came with fewer than 90 seconds remaining, and I never saw it coming. I’m not saying that YOU won’t be able to figure it out. I’m only saying that I never imagined the ending even ninety seconds before it happened. Another one Bites the Dust. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bruce Lester
Bruce Lester
Bruce Lester and Frieda Inescort
Bruce Lester and Frieda Inescort
Bruce Lester and Heather Angel
Bruce Lester and Heather Angel
Bruce Lester, Heather Angel
Bruce Lester, Heather Angel
Charles Irwin
Charles Irwin
Charles Irwin, Bruce Lester, Heather Angel
Charles Irwin, Bruce Lester, Heather Angel
Charles Irwin, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin, Mary Field, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin, Mary Field, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin, Mary Field, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin, Mary Field, Bruce Lester
Charles Irwin
Charles Irwin
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort, Heather Angel and Lumsden Hare
Frieda Inescort, Heather Angel and Lumsden Hare
Frieda Inescort and Mary Field
Frieda Inescort and Mary Field
Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanagh
Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanagh
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
Heather Angel, Bruce Lester
Heather Angel, Bruce Lester
Heather Angel and Bruce Lester
Heather Angel and Bruce Lester
Heather Angel, Frieda Inescort and Lumsden Hare
Heather Angel, Frieda Inescort and Lumsden Hare
Heather Angel and Frieda Inescort
Heather Angel and Frieda Inescort
Lumsden Hare
Lumsden Hare
Lumsden Hare, Turhan Bey
Lumsden Hare, Turhan Bey
Mary Field
Mary Field
Mary Field
Mary Field
Miles Mander
Miles Mander
Miles Mander
Miles Mander
Paul Renay
Paul Renay
Paul Cavanagh
Paul Cavanagh
Paul Cavanagh, Mary Inescort
Paul Cavanagh, Mary Inescort
Paul Cavanagh, Mary Field
Paul Cavanagh, Mary Field
Paul Cavanagh
Paul Cavanagh
Phyllis Barry
Phyllis Barry
Phyllis Barry, Turhan Bey
Phyllis Barry, Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
Phyllis Barry
Phyllis Barry
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey, Mary Field
Turhan Bey, Mary Field
Turhan Bey, Paul Cavanagh
Turhan Bey, Paul Cavanagh
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey