Psychological thriller directed by
( W.S. Van Dyke series) with a screenplay by The Thin Man Christopher Isherwood and Robert Thoeren, based on the novel by James Hilton ( Goodbye Mr Chips, Random Harvest)
(who was marvelous as Danny the psychopath in Robert Montgomery ) Here he plays Phillip Monrell a mentally disturbed man who is obsessed and paranoid about his friend Ward Andrews ( Night Must Fall 1937 ) being after his beautiful wife, the always lovely George Sanders Ingrid Bergman as Stella. Phillip’s jealous obsession drives him into a murderous detachment from reality. plays Philips mother, and Lucille Watson plays Dr. Rameau. Oskar Homolka
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Battleship Potemkin 1925- Sergei Eisenstein known for his montage framing and editing offers up the epic dramatization of the social uprising in Russia, which brought about a grim massacre with an iconic scene of the baby carriage plummeting down the great stone steps.
Dr. Caligari’s somnambulist, Cesare ( Conrad Veidt) ascends the abstraction of a stairway to nowhere…in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
F.W. Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece of shadow and light. With subtle prominence, the silhouette of the stair rails makes cogent the sinister outline of Max Schreck’s Nosferatu all the more.
Alfred Hitchcock’s crime thriller Blackmail (1929).
She 1935 Irving Pichel and Lansing C Holden’s fantastical saga based on H. Rider Haggard’s novel about an ancient esoteric civilization reigned over by the cruel high priestess She who must be obeyed, upon the steps by the secret eternal flame of everlasting youth! with an intoxicating score by Max Steiner.
Again in 1935, SHE was released in both B&W and a gorgeous colorized version. I’ll be doing a larger overview of the film very soon. Using images from both. Steps upon steps, leading to divinity, or leading to death?
Thorold Dickinson’s hauntingly sinister fable- The Queen of Spades 1949- See the intricate network of elaborate stairs that wind within the vast manor house, which lead to the infamous lady who bet her soul away to the devil in order to win at a game of cards.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946) Cary Grant carries Ingrid Bergman to safety down the moonlit stone steps.
Charlie Chaplin in City Lights 1931.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho 1960.
Jack Clayton’s The Innocents 1961 starring Deborah Kerr.
In notorious (1946) Claude Rains stands alone facing his fate up those moonlit stone steps…the end scene.
Siodmak’s The Spiral Staircase 1946 Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy Maguire, & Elsa Lanchester.
Douglas Sirk’s Thunder on the Hill 1951 starring Claudette Colbert.
Lewis Allen’s The Uninvited 1945- Stars Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey.
The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 with George Sanders and Hurd Hatfield.
MORE TO COME!!!!!!!
I’ll be heading back up the ‘steps’ here at the drive-in, be well- MonsterGirl!