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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960

  • Delbert Mann
  • October 8, 1960
  • 124 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Everytime a woman turns her face away because she's tired or unwilling - there's someone waiting like me!
Robert Preston plays the flip side of his eternally ebullient Professor Harold Hill in Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Preston portrays an early 20th-century harness salesman, fully aware that his product is rapidly becoming obsolete. He tries to compensate for his own lack of self-esteem by cheating on his patient wife Dorothy McGuire; Preston's "other woman" is played by Angela Lansbury. Meanwhile, daughter Shirley Knight falls in love with Jewish boy Lee Kinsolving, who kills himself in the face of relentless bigotry.


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