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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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  2. Harriet Frank Jr.


  3. Irving Ravetch


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  1. Robert Preston

    Robert Preston

    Rubin Flood

  2. Dorothy McGuire

    Dorothy McGuire

    Cora Flood

  3. Eve Arden

    Eve Arden

    Lottie Lacey

  4. Angela Lansbury

    Angela Lansbury

    Mavis Pruitt

  5. Shirley Knight

    Shirley Knight

    Reenie Flood

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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs


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Status Released

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  • September 22, 1960


  • September 28, 1960
    Theatrical (limited)


  • October 8, 1960


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 4m

Budget -

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