The Spiral Staircase

Synopsis: In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger.
Director(s): Robert Siodmak
Production: RKO Pictures
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
86%
APPROVED
Year:
1946
83 min
91 Views


-It's in there. Number nine.

-Right.

Don't stand around.

Go on home, all of you.

-What happened, constable?

-Well...

-...there's been another murder.

-A murder.

There's nothing you can do.

I told you to go home. Go on.

Oh, just a minute, miss.

Are you alone?

You work out at the Warren home,

don't you?

That's nearly two miles from here.

You'd better hurry if you're

gonna get there before dark.

-Got any ideas who did it, constable?

-Yeah.

Same fella did the first one.

Same fella did the second one.

But who he is, I don't know.

Somebody in this town.

Somebody we all know.

Somebody we see every day.

Might be me. Might be you.

Why, how could--? I mean...

-...I was here at my desk, anyway.

-Oh, be quiet.

Didn't know you was called,

Dr. Parry.

I wasn't. As I was leaving the office,

I heard about the murder.

Thought I'd see if there's

anything I could do.

Well, there ain't.

Unless, of course...

...you're good enough

to uncork a miracle...

...and bring the dead back to life.

I don't think I'm that good.

There's no sense in you going up.

She's dead, all right.

Dr. Harvey's up there,

and that's what he says. She's dead.

Well, in that event, constable,

I certainly can't do her any harm.

-Hello, Parry.

-Dr. Harvey.

There's nothing for you to do, unless

you're sightseeing.

-How was she killed?

-Strangled.

-She was dead when we got here.

-Who was she?

That lame girl that

worked over at Nelson's.

How awful.

She was just in my office last week.

Did she pay her bill or was this

her way of getting out of it?

I haven't enough experience

to make that sort of joke.

Perhaps not, Dr. Parry.

-I'll run along.

-Oh, just a minute.

I hear you were over

to see Mr. Stover last night.

-Yes, I was.

-Don't you know he's my patient?

I only went because they called me.

They told me that you'd

refused to go until morning.

-I thought it might be serious.

-You've got a lot to learn, young fella.

You've only been here a short time.

I've been here for a good many years.

If I answered all the calls as they

came, I wouldn't get any sleep at all.

Well, that's why I think there's room

for two doctors in this town.

Reckon so, but let the competition

be on an open plane. Ethics.

You get what I mean, Parry?

If ever I'm called on an emergency,

and you're sleeping...

...I intend to go.

That's very noble and ambitious.

Don't let anything discourage you.

Nothing will.

Oh, by the way...

...you might like to see

what the Stovers did...

...to that prescription

you wrote last night.

I'm gonna make some calls, Helen.

I'll take you to the crossroads.

Were you at the hotel?

Wasn't a very nice thing

to have happen on your afternoon off.

I've been pretty busy lately.

I haven't had much of a chance

to drop in and see you.

But I've been thinking

about you a great deal.

You haven't any family, Helen.

No one else to worry about you.

And I got to wondering just

how long you were going on like this.

I mean, doing the work

you're doing at the Warrens'.

You wanted to be

a nurse or a teacher.

You mean, you're going

to give up that...

...without making an effort

to get your voice back again?

Yes, I know, Helen,

you did see a doctor once.

That was a long time ago.

They might have discovered

a lot since then.

There are specialists in Boston now.

I don't want to build

your hopes up, Helen...

...but it seems such a shame

to give up so easily.

You'd rather I wouldn't talk

about it, wouldn't you?

All right, I won't.

You know the words to that tune?

Dr. Parry.

Dr. Parry.

-Hello, Freddy.

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Mel Dinelli

Mel Dinelli (born 6 October 1912, Albuquerque, New Mexico - d. 28 November 1991, Los Angeles, California) was an American writer for theatre, radio, film and magazines, usually in the suspense genre. He attended the University of Washington. more…

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