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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)

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124 min | Drama

In Oklahoma in the 1920s, Ruben Flood loses his job as a traveling salesman, when the company goes bankrupt. This adds to his worries at home. His wife Cora is frigid because of trying to make ends meet. His teenage daughter Reenie is ...See moreIn Oklahoma in the 1920s, Ruben Flood loses his job as a traveling salesman, when the company goes bankrupt. This adds to his worries at home. His wife Cora is frigid because of trying to make ends meet. His teenage daughter Reenie is afraid of going out on dates, but eventually makes friends with a troubled Jewish boy Sammy, and his son is a mama's boy. He finally storms out of the house when Cora falsely accuses him of having an affair with Mavis Pruitt. Written by Will Gilbert See less
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Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | Irving Ravetch (screenplay) | William Inge (based on the play by)
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Updated Sep 22, 1960

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Oct 8, 1960 (United States)

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Robert Preston
Rubin Flood Rubin Flood   See fewer
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Dorothy McGuire
Cora Flood Cora Flood   See fewer
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Eve Arden
Lottie Lacey Lottie Lacey   See fewer
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Angela Lansbury
Mavis Pruitt Mavis Pruitt   See fewer
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Shirley Knight
Reenie Flood Reenie Flood   See fewer
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Lee Kinsolving
Sammy Golden Sammy Golden   See fewer
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Frank Overton
Morris Lacey Morris Lacey   See fewer
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Robert Eyer
Sonny Flood Sonny Flood   See fewer
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Penney Parker
Flirt Conroy (as Penny Parker) Flirt Conroy (as Penny Parker)   See fewer
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Ken Lynch
Harry Ralston Harry Ralston   See fewer
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Bobby Beakman
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Birch
Jonah Mills (uncredited) Jonah Mills (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Brown
Mrs. Haycox (uncredited) Mrs. Haycox (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Chain
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Comi
Jenkins (uncredited) Jenkins (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Elman
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Erway
Joseph Moody (uncredited) Joseph Moody (uncredited)   See fewer
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Butch Hengen
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stoddard W. Kerby
Cadet (uncredited) Cadet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Paul King
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peg La Centra
Edna Harper (uncredited) Edna Harper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nelson Leigh
Ed Peabody (uncredited) Ed Peabody (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Patton
Mrs. Ralston (uncredited) Mrs. Ralston (uncredited)   See fewer
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Addison Richards
Harris (uncredited) Harris (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Seel
Percy Weems (uncredited) Percy Weems (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emerson Treacy
George Williams (uncredited) George Williams (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Wallace
Lydia Harper (uncredited) Lydia Harper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold (uncredited) Harold (uncredited)   See fewer
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Punky Givens (uncredited) Punky Givens (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 627 votes