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Shadows on the Stairs
     

Shadows on the Stairs

Director: David Ross Lederman

Cast: Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanagh, Heather Angel

 

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Shadows on the Stairs is a slimmed-down adaptation of Frank Vosper's stage play Murder on the 2nd Floor. There's dirty work afoot at the London boarding house managed by Mr. and Mrs. Armitage (Miles Mander, Frieda Inescourt): several mysterious murders have occured, and everyone is under suspicion. One of the tenants is Mr. Bromilow (Bruce Lester), who

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Shadows on the Stairs is a slimmed-down adaptation of Frank Vosper's stage play Murder on the 2nd Floor. There's dirty work afoot at the London boarding house managed by Mr. and Mrs. Armitage (Miles Mander, Frieda Inescourt): several mysterious murders have occured, and everyone is under suspicion. One of the tenants is Mr. Bromilow (Bruce Lester), who weaves in and out of the proceedings with the all-knowing air of one who's already figured out the solution to the murders. Indeed, Bromilow has done just that, as demonstrated by a twist ending that would have done Alfred Hitchcock or Rod Serling proud. Otherwise, Shadows on the Stairs is standard stuff, standardly produced.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Shadows on the Stairs is hardly a great mystery flick, but it's a decently entertaining way for fans of the genre to pass the time. Very definitely a programmer, Shadows has a brief, barely over an hour running time that serves to keep it trim; there's precious little fat on this story, if for no other reason than there's no time for it. Of course, that also means that there's not a great deal of time for character development, and that's a shame. After all, Shadows has a solid cast that does very well with what they're given; it's too bad they weren't given a bit more to sink their teeth into. Instead, most of the film's running time is devoted to introducing the characters, setting up the mystery and laying out the clues to the solution. Under David Ross Lederman's direction, it does this efficiently and with no fuss, but also with no real ingenuity. The film's one attempt at originality is in its twist ending, which will either delight or annoy viewers. There are also a few twists along the way which, while not especially original, are handled reasonably well.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
UPC:
0089218439796
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:05:00
Sales rank:
63,456

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Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:03]
2. Chapter 2 [12:43]
3. Chapter 3 [9:43]
4. Chapter 4 [9:36]
5. Chapter 5 [12:34]
6. Chapter 6 [8:30]

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