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Saturday, January 3, 2015

"The Spiral Staircase" (1945)

If you love a Blind-Girl-in-Peril movie--and who doesn't?--(see 'Wait Until Dark', 'See No Evil', 'Jennifer 8'), then you'll like this glossy chiller. There's a serial killer loose in a small Victorian town and Dorothy McGuire is a mute lady's maid who's odds-on to be the next victim. She works for the bedridden--and scenery chewing--Ethel Barrymore in her creepy mansion. The house if full of suspects...could the killer be uptight stepson George Brent? Or the sexy secretary Rhonda Fleming? Maybe it's the dotty cook Elsa Lanchester...director Robert Siodmak keeps you guessing til that last suspenseful encounter on the you-know-where...

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