The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

anti-semitism salesman cheating husband 1920s

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Release Date: September 28, 1960

Year    :   1960
Slogan    :   «Everytime a woman turns her face away because she's tired or unwilling - there's someone waiting like me!»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Warner Bros. Pictures
Director    :   Delbert Mann
Producers    :   Michael Garrison
Writers    :   Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., William Inge
RunTime    :   124 mins.

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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