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The Spiral Staircase Dvd (1945) Starring Dorothy McGuire


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5.99 15994484 The Spiral Staircase starts off with an afflicted woman being murdered, and right from the onset I was surprised at how explicit it was for its time - by today s standards it s nothing you don t see e
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'The Spiral Staircase' starts off with an afflicted woman being murdered, and right from the onset I was surprised at how explicit it was for its time - by today's standards it's nothing you don't see every day on television, but 1946 was a very different time.

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.

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.' So what? 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 a beautiful movie to look at, very well filmed, and the ending is probably one of the best I can remember ever seeing.

It's had a few remakes over the years, but the first remains the best - by a long shot. For your money you get a laser-etched dvd, housed in a brand new clamshell dvdc ase, together with glossy cover art (as shown above) and free first clas postage and packing. This film is now deleted and even if you could find it, you couldn't get it at this price! What are you waiting for? Grab a bargain!

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