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While the story is pretty basic, and the killer is pretty easily identifiable early on, this is a really creepy film that brilliant employs a lot of simple devices to make the film psychologically scary and very suspenseful. Even more artful, I found that the moments left in the film after we find out who the killer is to be the most frightening; I literally could feel my heart pounding. It was no surprise to learn that audiences in were absolutely terrified during this film, because it is masterfully done.
In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, a serial-killer is terrorizing a small town, killing women with imperfections. Warren Ethel Barrymore who is terminal in bed. The newcomer Dr. Parry Kent Smith falls in love for Helen and has the intention to take her to specialists in Boston for treatment for recovering her voice and marry her.
When a crippled woman is killed in the town, Mrs. Warren advises Helen to leave the house immediately since she is in danger. When a murder occurs in the mansion, Helen does not know who is trustful to help her to call Dr.
Parry to rescue her. It is impressive the use of shadows and lights in many unforgettable scenes, like for example Blanche in the basement or Helen in the spiral staircase. The beginning is an awesome tribute to the earlier days of the cinema. The performances are excellent and it is impossible to individually highlight any actor or actress. The plot keeps the tension until the very end in this great movie. My vote is eight. One emerged from the film feeling as exhausted by terror as McGuire had been On the girl's day off, a disabled girl was found murdered in the little town.
These films typically feature a disparate group of characters who inevitably find themselves alone and trapped within a huge, rambling and spooky old house on the night of a storm, with a killer amongst them. What's notable about this outing is just how stylish it is: the story is nothing special, but the style makes it. The story features a black-gloved killer complete with POV shots who hides in wardrobes and stalks his young, female victims and strangles them.
In one of the movie's most infamous shots, the viewer sees a victim from the killer's point of view, and she's missing her mouth; symptomatic of his disturbed mind, and highly eerie with it. The whodunit aspect of the storyline is played up strongly, with some red herrings thrown into the mix, although it's pretty easy for a modern viewer to guess the identity of the murderer. That the viewer becomes accustomed to her muteness and, eventually, even forgets about it is testament to her performance.
In the end, the film works because of the visual flourishes. As in a film noir, there's a lot of creeping about in the shadows, and silhouettes of various things and people play a big part. The emphasis on a deranged killer is a neat precursor to the later gialli and slasher films of the '70s and '80s, and there's little padding on the bare bones of the narrative.
It's a good 'un. This is one of the most elegantly crafted, paced, photographed and designed of all lady-in-distress thrillers, a sub-genre I am not altogether fond of, but in this case the result is something near to a masterpiece. The actors, especially Dorothy McGuire, are first-rate. I'm particularly in love with the house, a cavernous Victorian, over-decorated, visually and spatially 'busy' place, full of odd furniture and fixtures, rugs, lamps and mirrors, it is as much a character as any person in the film.
Kudos to the RKO art department, fifty plus years later I salute them. The way the house is explored is a fascinating as the way the characters are presented. Bit by bit we grow accustomed to the place and its denizens, and when the inevitable thunderstorm happens we feel comfortable inside, aware of the menace within we are none the less seduced by the grandness of the place, indeed enveloped by it, as the air of danger becomes almost cozy, and the gothic surroundings become as comforting as they are baleful.
This is no small trick; it's an art. Name a film of the past thirty years that comes close to The Spiral Staircase in its exploration of the various shades of meaning in what for want of a better term one would have to call the Great Gothic Place.
Doylenf 16 April For sheer mastery in the art of black and Strange And Silent Staircase photography and its ability to provide the shadowy atmosphere necessary for mood, they don't come any better than this. The house alone is as much a part of the plot as the actors--but everything clicks All of the suspense is relieved occasionally with just the right amount of humor. Particularly by Elsa Lanchester as the housekeeper who uses trickery to steal an extra bottle of liquor from the wine cellar.
While thunder and lightning storms outside the mansion, we know that a serial killer is lurking on or near the premises, one who specializes in murdering women with physical afflictions. At the center of the story is Dorothy McGuire's character, a mute girl who lost her voice years ago during a traumatic experience. Ethel Barrymore is especially good as a frightened old woman, bedridden and suspicious enough of everyone.
For comparison, view the recent color TV adaptation, bland in overall effect. It will make you appreciate this black and white classic more than ever. As with most remakes, it doesn't stand a chance against the original. Wide-eyed, but seldom wild, her restraint limits the amount of fear her character can express without using her voice. A more over-the-top performance might have been more useful, given the Gothic mood created so well by director Robert Siodmak.
She is overshadowed by Ethel Barrymore as a bed-ridden invalid urging her to leave the house and Gordon Oliver, as the playboy step-brother who plays his role to the hilt. Still, well worth watching for its shadowy Victorian atmosphere alone.
This stylish thriller was based on Ethel Lina White's novel "Some Must Watch" and features a very strong cast, an excellent script by Mel Dinelli and some stunning work by director Robert Siodmak and cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca. Its German expressionist style, fluid camera movements and slanted camera angles create an ominous atmosphere which becomes even more threatening in the sequences which are either shot from the murderer's point of view or where close-ups of the killer's eye are seen and the whole effect is then strengthened further by a creepy score in which the eerie sound of the theremin is prominent.
A serial killer is on the loose and the victims to date have all been women with disabilities. Helen lost her ability to speak following a traumatic event in her childhood and is now seen Strange And Silent Staircase being in considerable danger of being the killer's next victim.
Mrs Warren lives in an old mansion with her stepson Albert who's an urbane professor, her son Steve who's a widely travelled womaniser and her employees who, in addition to Helen, include a housekeeper, a handyman, a secretary and a nurse. There are a number of strained relationships in the Warren residence as the two brothers don't see eye to eye, Mrs Warren has a low opinion of both brothers who she regards as being weak and Nurse Barker Sara Allgood is consistently humiliated by the insulting way that she's treated by her employer.
Mrs Warren likes Helen and is very concerned about her safety. She warns her that she's in imminent danger and pleads with her to leave without delay. Dr Parry Kent Smith is a newcomer to the town and a man who's taken a romantic interest in Helen. On one occasion when he attends Mrs Warren, she begs him to take Helen away with him but an emergency call for him to visit another patient prevents him from doing so.
This unfortunately leaves Helen unprotected when the serial killer eventually reveals himself and makes it clear that he's determined to kill her. As previously mentioned, the movie's visual style is particularly strong but the whole story is also compelling to watch from start to finish, partly because of the marvellous bunch of characters featured but also because the action is so well paced. A number of sequences such as the first murder are especially well staged and the carefully created suspense never lets up.
The acting is good throughout and Dorothy McGuire deserves special praise for the realistic way in which she expresses her feelings and reactions to situations without any dialogue.
Ethel Barrymore was nominated for an Academy Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role in recognition of the strength of her portrayal of the cranky Mrs Warren and Elsa Lanchester brings some humour to her role as Mrs Oates, the housekeeper.
It's and a rash of women being killed who are 'imperfect' in the eyes of the killer whomever it is have both Dr. Kent Smith and bedridden dowager Ethel Barrymore concerned for the life of Dorothy McGuire, a beautiful, but mute servant girl in her house.
There's not much mystery to this film, it's not hard to guess the identity of the perpetrator, given the limited number in the cast. But The Spiral Staircase is one of the most atmospheric films ever done.
The centerpiece of course being The Spiral Staircase. Two years before a deaf mute act won Jane Wyman an Academy Award, a lot of people, me included, felt Dorothy McGuire should have at least gotten a nomination for her role. She conveys so much in her portrayal, the meekness of her character and the gradual overwhelming fear that takes over her as she senses danger. Worse even when she fixes on the wrong individual as her menace.
The Spiral Staircase The Power of Affliction, the Affliction of Power If you want to buy into the demented fixation of the murderer, played by the good natured George Brent, you'll have to stretch it a bit. This well mannered professor feels there is no room for human flaws or afflictions in the world. Hence, the mute heroine of the movie is on his to-kill list. Of course, this meek and troubled Helen with Dorothy McGuire perfectly cast is not about to die in front of us--in fact, at the end she comes to life, in a way, by regaining her voice, thanks to the goodness of a young handsome doctor, Kent Smith.
If you'd rather just buy into a classic manipulation of mood and familiar suspense movie fears you're all set, because that's what this delivers.
Robert Siodmak, who also directed the gritty and gripping The Killers and Criss Cross, gives dramatic mood first priority, achieved most of all with astonishing lighting and camera-work. I know, there are endless astonishing black and white movies from the s. But this is one of them, and while you are being creeped out or downright scared for Helen, watch the way the camera moves us through the shadow infested house. And a candle that blows out when you most need it. And a window swinging open for no reason as the rain rushes in.
People complain about this? Isn't this the point? Isn't this the most revered way of making a scary film scary? It gets a bit much with the blowup of the eye and the murder seen in its supposed reflection--or does it? This isn't camp, it's just drama. I'm not taking away from the great Hitchcock innovations, and the free spirit he brought to unfolding a good plot a spirit not really in play herebut visually, at least, this movie is at the top of the game on its own terms.
There are some strong supporting parts, each perfectly exaggerated just a hair, like the gruff old woman in bed played with energy by Ethyl Barrymore, no less. And there is that terrific view at the beginning inside a World War I era movie theater: a woman is playing live piano for soundtrack as the crowd is sitting rapt in the dark, the projector being cranked by hand. And remember, our mute but not deaf heroine, watching The Kiss as we watch, lives in a world parallel to that in the silent film.
As the woman upstairs is being strangled, a dead girl is carried on screen below. This is great stuff. And then the man runs up a sort of spiral staircase in the hotel. And the gorgeous spiral staircase in the house is to truly die for. I caught "The Spiral Staircase" on the Turner Classic Movies Channel yes, surprisingly enough, I do watch that channeland I had heard about this film before and decided to see what it was all about.
I'm glad that I did, because it was a very rewarding experience. This film centers around Helen Dorothy McGuirea mute house-maid who works for an eccentric woman, Mrs. Warren Ethel Barrymorewho lives in an old New England mansion with her two grown sons in the early s.
In the area where Mrs. Warren lives, Strange And Silent Staircase serial killer has begun targeting women with "afflictions", or disabilities, strangling them all to death. Helen begins to fear that the killer may target her, and her fears become a reality one stormy night as the murderer stalks her within Mrs. Warren's darkened mansion, waiting to strike. I've always enjoyed older black and white movies, and I think it's important to take a look at early cinema to compare it with what modern cinema has evolved to, so I had some sufficient interest in this film.
I also love Gothic stories similar to this - so this film was the perfect type for me. The story is apparently a hybrid of two novels that were fused together and made up the plot line for this film, and the story in and of itself is very creepy and very unique. This is a heavily Gothic film, it's up to the brim with about every Gothic element that you can think of - it's a classic horror story, and I loved that about it.
Some splendidly chilling sequences among them being the very eerie scenes where Helen is spied on by the serial killer in the house and very eerie moments add to the overall foreboding atmosphere that this film gives off. Atmosphere is also very heavy in this film, and many of the story's elements make it so strong.
The dark mansion is an eerie and classic setting for a horror story of this type, and the backdrop is used quite effectively. The house is lit only by candlelight, and there are shadows bouncing off the walls everywhere the characters go. The cast is very good and all of the performances were well-done. Dorothy McGuire plays the silent heroine excellently, and the professor and his mother are also both played very well.
Most of the cast aren't extremely well-known, besides the legendary Elsa Lanchester who played the infamous role of the monster's mate in "Bride of Frankensteinbut that really doesn't matter much because they all are quite good in their roles. The film's conclusion is satisfying and the film keeps you guessing up until the final revelation, which was a great way to conclude the spooky little story.
All in all, "The Spiral Staircase" is a classic Gothic horror story. It won't scare today's audiences and most modern movie-goers will find little interest here, but if you give it a chance, it is quite an excellent little thriller especially for it's timeand it has plenty to offer. Wonderful horror classic, I'm surprised that there aren't more people aware of this film. MovieAddict 21 August It then moves onwards and we are introduced to a young woman who is mute and lives in a mansion with a long, spiraling staircase.
Hint: this pays off later in the movie. When it's made known that a killer is making his rounds murdering afflicted women, the owner of the mansion fears for the mute woman's life - and after a string of more murders occur they realize she's next, Strange And Silent Staircase.
RKO's picture was far ahead of its time. Someone on here said it's not a film noir and commanded that people stop calling it one. I'll disagree. I think it IS film noir, in the sense that it's a personal struggle for one person who's surrounded by death and murder. I don't think it should be left up to one person to decide what "film noir" really means. I do think there are limits of course "Batman Returns" is NOT film noir, it just tries to come across as one but no one should say, "This isn't a film noir because it's a thriller.
Loads of film noirs are thrillers. I personally feel the stylings, the themes and the motif of the movie could be classified as "film noir. It's had a few remakes over the years, but the first remains the best - by a long shot. Highly recommended. It's as if this murderer, like mimicking the actions a wolf pack, is attempting to cull out the sick and the weak reindeer or caribou to keep the rest of the herd strong and healthy for future breeding. After murdering three unfortunate young women the murderer zeros in on young Helen Capel, Dorothy McGuire, a mute young women who works as a maid for the old and bed-ridden Mrs.
Warren, Ethel Barrymore, at her estate outside of town. You begin to realize that the killer is in a way imperfect himself and by trying to eliminate those he deems imperfect is making up for his own imperfections.
Dorothy McGurie in one of her best roles as the mute and pretty Helen is stalked all through the movie by the killer in the shadows of the Warren Mansion and in the woods around it. There's a really scary scene early in the movie when the killer in the pouring rain follows Helen through the woods at night as she momentarily drops her key to the Warren home only to back off at the last minute when someone else unexpectedly arrives. Ethal Barrymore is also very effective as the sick and bed-ridden Mrs.
Warren who has some idea who the killer is and wants Helen to leave the house as soon as possible in order not to end up being his next victim.
Warren and his globe-trotting and fun-loving brother Steve. Who have very deep and troubling insecurities about themselves due to their late authoritative father's high standards that he set for them that they both couldn't live up too. There's also Kent Smith as Dr. Parry who knows the real reason for Helen's loss of speech, she tragically saw her parents die in a house fire at a very young age. Perry wants to help Helen get her voice back by having her see a vocal specialist that he knows in Boston.
It turned out at the end of the movie that it was shock therapy that did the trick. Spine-tingling final when the killer comes out of the shadows and closes in on the terrified Helen for the kill chasing her up the spiral staircase of the Warren house. It's then the killer finds out only too late that he, not Helen, has gotten himself trapped in the cross-hairs of a deadly ambush.
They don't make them like this any more jandesimpson 6 September I find it surprising that there are almost 50 user comments on this '40's melodrama and even more surprising that by far the greater number of them are so favourable. Not that I would disagree. It is simply that I had mistakenly imagined that as I had recommended it to one of my sons when he was in his twenties with the comment, "They no longer make them like this", and received the reply, "Thank God!
Pleasing to find that this is no longer necessary and that practically everything I would have written has already been said. For us oldies for whom "The Spiral Staircase" was a formative part of our childhood, the film still evokes enormous pleasure. As a child I loved experiencing those frissons of fear when a live eye might stare out from a portrait on a wall. The malevolent eye that stares out from behind a rack of clothes hanging in a cupboard during the first murder scene in "The Spiral "Staircase" is possibly the most chilling of them all.
Indeed everything about the first ten minutes of the film is masterly; the evocation of a small New England town on a sultry afternoon before the gathering storm, the hotel with the silent film show downstairs and the murder of the crippled girl in a room upstairs; the dumb girl's apprehensive journey home to the creepy house where she works as a domestic, taking in a wood with eerie sounds en route. The dramatic tension of the film is greatly enhanced by seeming to take place in real time, a late afternoon and a long, long evening.
If the male characters are on the surface a rather uninteresting lot, there is enormous compensation on the female side with a trio of middle-aged to elderly biddies hamming it up for all they are worth, Elsa Lanchester as the cook whose fondness for a drop almost knocks another nail in the heroine's coffin, Sara Allgood, the irascible nurse driven by pique to depart from the house thus further endangering Dorothy Maguire and most impressive of all, Ethel Barrymore as the invalid confined to her bed who senses the evil all around but is powerless to help until the end.
Two odd points worth noting. I would never have guessed that the staring eye was that of the director, Robert Siodmak. The fact that it resembles so remarkably that of the actual murderer rather gives the game away very early in the film.
Then there is the spiral staircase itself that isn't a real spiral as it is broken by a straight piece of corridor every time it reaches a floor of the house. Although a climactic scene at the end of the film takes place on it and overhead shots accompany the opening credits, it doesn't really have the significance the title suggests.
It could be just another part of the hokum that I find so irresistible. Having recently sat through "The Skeleton Key" a recent Old Dark House film that contains little more than a couple of moments where figures jump out on you, I can again say quite unashamedly that they don't make films like "The Spiral Staircase" any more.
The more's the pity. This is a terrific thriller, made just the way that thrillers should be done, with nicely crafted tension, atmospheric setting, and plenty of strange and mysterious characters. Adding in the excellent leading performance by Dorothy McGuire makes it a top-notch picture. Some of the Sisters did state they saw wood soaking in tubs they provided for him. Reports made at the time do contradict one another. Some insist that construction was completed quickly, while others reported that it took longer than might have been necessary.
When the spiral staircase was finished, the Sisters were delighted with how it turned out. So much so, that they organized a banquet in honor of the carpenter. This was when he was discovered missing. At no time during his work did he identify himself. He never asked for, nor received, payment for his labor or even supplies. Exactly who this man was is just one of the many mysteries surrounding the Loretto Chapel staircase. Another mystery is the construction of the Loretto staircase itself.
There are no central column or support beams, and it appears that all the weight is self-supported at the base. The craftsman did not use nails or glue; he only used wooden pegs to secure the steps. Additionally, there were no railings. The legend says that some of the nuns were so afraid to descend the foot drop that they would crawl down on their hands and knees. There are only 33 steps, however, the staircase wraps around degrees twice.
The number 33 is a significant number, being the age of Jesus at his crucifixion. The Sisters were adamant that it was Joseph himself that came to their rescue. Thus, people have given the stairs the nickname, St. When local trade suppliers were contacted in an effort to track this craftsman down, none of them could help inquiries in any way at all.
No bill of sales could be retrieved and the lumber that was used was discovered to be of an unknown type. Whatever the wood that was used, it was not indigenous to the Santa Fe area. A modern analysis revealed the wood to be spruce, but a variety that nobody was familiar with.
It was concluded that the closest possible locale for wood of this type would have been somewhere like Alaska. Why would a Victorian carpenter transport scores of lumber with nothing more than a mule, just on the off-chance that it might be needed to build a staircase thousands of miles away? As with all legends, there is some truth and some fiction to the story about the Loretto Chapel Staircase.
Mary J. Straw Cook, a historian, researched the Sante Fe stairs for 7 years. Cook also found an old newspaper article in The New Mexican that said Mr. Rochas had been shot in the chest in his Dog Canyon home, and that he had been a skilled woodworker who built the impressive Loretto Chapel staircase. According to Cook, Francois-Jean Rochas was a member of a French secret society of highly skilled craftsmen and Strange And Silent Staircase called the Compagnons, which has existed since the Middle Ages.
Cook says that Rochas came to the U. Francois Jean Rochas may have built the Loretto Chapel staircase. Source: Findagrave. The inspirational legend resulted in the creation of books and a movie, called The Staircasestarring Barbara Hershey and William Petersen. While some of the legends may have been demystified with information about its supposed builder, many people who have seen the stairs claim this makes it no less of a miracle.
Where did the inspiration and knowledge come from to build a stunning staircase that still impresses even the best craftsmen around today? What cannot be debated is the marvelous work of art that was left behind. It can still be seen today, but the chapel is more of a corporate venue and museum these days.
The storyteller goes on to say that they see one of these mysterious staircases on approximately every fifth trip into the forest. This suggests that the stairs are often located near spots where people have gone missing. Readers of the story quickly jumped in to tell their own stories about strange stairs in . Inhabitat rounds up 14 unique, innovative, and sustainably designed staircases around the world - including bookshelf staircases, bamboo stairs, and indoor slides. “The stair is a continuation and intensification of the simple graphic skirting board lines that trace their way through the house. As they turn the corner into the stair void, they expand like a genie released from a lamp, curling and separating and bifurcating from the wall to form the delicate edge of the stair treads, lifting into the air to rise as the veil of the balustrade.
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