The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)





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Based on the William Inge play, this is really more a series of vignettes about the crises in an Oklahoma family during the 1920s. Over the course of the film, each family member's story is played out.


Robert Preston
as Rubin Flood
Dorothy McGuire
as Cora Flood
Richard Eyer
as Sonny Flood
Eve Arden
as Lottie Lacey
Shirley Knight
as Reenie Flood
Angela Lansbury
as Mavis Pruitt
Ken Lynch
as Harry Ralston
Dennis Whitcomb
as Punky Givens
Nelson Leigh
as Ed Peabody
Emerson Treacy
as George Williams
Ben Erway
as Joseph Moody
Helen Brown
as Mrs. Haycox
Helen Wallace
as Lydia Harper
Peg La Centra
as Edna Harper
Paul Birch
as Jonah Mills
Mary Patton
as Mrs. Ralston
Paul Comi
as Jenkins
Charles Seel
as Percy Weems
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Critic Reviews for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

All Critics (3)

Dorothy McGuire and Robert Preston are a married couple plagued by a number of honestly observed domestic problems in a long but interesting drama...

December 2, 2019 | Full Review…

There are a few moving scenes, but after two hours of it have wobbled past, one feels one has had more than enough of family life as hopped up and smoothed down by Mr. Mann.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

This version of William Inge's family melodrama is verbose and lacks subtlety, but the acting is good, especially Shirley Knight who received her Oscar nomination.

April 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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