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: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Complex thriller with rich style.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great period noir from Robert Siodmak.

Fernando F. Croce

Erected on expressionistic Gothic menace

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the majority of the film's running time [is] bogged down in the dull exploits of several uninteresting characters.

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Steve Crum

Psychological drama has its share of chills; led by Dorothy McGuire standout.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The radiant heroine performance by Dorothy McGuire as a terrified mute, who conveys her inner thoughts without dialogue, was priceless.

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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