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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Shadows On The Stairs (1941)

Starring Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanagh, Heather Angel, Bruce Lester, Miles Mander
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
(actor & director credits courtesy

An aspiring playwright living in an English boarding house discovers that several of the residents are engaged in suspicious activities.  

There's nary a big star to be found in this small-scale mystery which has only a few brief scenes filmed outside the boarding house, but the ensemble of actors do a capable job in the limited environment without overstaying their welcome.  Inescort's portrayal of the house's owner and operator is at times a little over the top, compared to the other actors' more restrained performances, but I still enjoyed the picture.  It's not a great film, but I found it to be a more than enjoyable diversion with a fairly clever story.

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