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This review is from: The Spiral Staircase [DVD] (DVD)
The original and best.
A claustrophobic picture with rather wooden performances from most of its cast - especially that of George Brent, who wasn't really such a great actor, but popular in his day. This also stars Elsa Lanchester - a great actress, who when not the leading lady, was able to do wonders with 'bit' parts. Here she plays the rather drab looking housekeeper. However, Elsa, contrary to popular opinion, was in fact a very attractive lady! (she should be seen in her more glamorous roles of the thirties) Her very pretty features can be seen here in one subtle shot when she is seen by candlelight in profile, as she knocks a candle to the floor when down in the cellar with George Brent.
Ethel Barrymore gives an award-winning performance as the ailing mother who knows all before it happens!
I suspect the murderer is given away almost immediately, because of the distinctive eye featured in the close up shots.
Great vintage thriller!