The Spiral Staircase
The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Spiral Staircase is a thriller about a mute servant (Dorothy McGuire) who works in an spooky mansion that may house a killer who has been murdering women who have physical deformities.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 1946
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

It's one of the undoubted masterpieces of the Gothic mode.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

Thought-provoking and disturbing, this masterly thriller is directed with touches of sheer genius by Robert Siodmak.

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TIME Magazine

The Spiral Staircase, a murder mystery, knowingly paced by Director Robert Siodmak and shrewdly acted by an expert cast, including Ethel Barrymore, is choice, eerie entertainment.

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Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times

The film is likely to scare the daylights out of most of its audiences.

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Staci Layne Wilson

This dated old chestnut definitely wouldn't hold up as-is for today's audiences, but for fans of classic cinema it's well worth a look.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1946 film is one of [Siodmak's] least interesting.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Although its whodunnit aspect is weak, the strong camera angles and cast performance make this a fine film.

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Fernando F. Croce

Erected on expressionistic Gothic menace

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
Noticeably less eventful than one might expect, but by no means boring, with an unsurprising ending. The cinematography, however, is almost to die for.
Stella Dallas
good creepy thriller in a spooky old mansion
jay nixon
Excellent chiller with an outstanding Dorothy McGuire in the lead. Fantastically moody settings and a real sense of dread permeates the proceedings under… More
Randy Tippy
An atmospheric whodunit that has very little to do with a spiral staircase. Someone is knocking off women with 'imperfections'. A woman with a… More