The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Trailers

Original title The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Category Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 1960
Production Country
Directors Delbert Mann
Cast Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire, Eve Arden, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Knight, Lee Kinsolving, Frank Overton, Penny Parker, Robert Eyer, Robin Warga, Ken Lynch, Mary Patton, Addison Richards, Helen Wallace, Emerson Treacy


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.