The Spiral Staircase (1945) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Elsa Lanchester, Rhonda Fleming

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THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE is a movie directed by Robert Siodmak in 1945. Ethel Barrymore earned a nomination for the Academy Award in the "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" category.
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A serial killer is murdering young women suffering from an "affliction". Haunting scenes present his subjective point of view when he crosses the path of women with physical disabilities. Mute Helen Capel who stays in the Warren mansion is warned by the dying Mrs. Capel : she must leave the house at once because she's menaced. But the night is long and the mad man is already in the house.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1900-1920's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   hunted by killer/stalker If this is a criminal POV story...    -   killing innocent people

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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