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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

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Original title
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Running time
124 min.
United States United States
Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch (Play: William Inge)
Max Steiner
Harry Stradling Sr.
Warner Bros.
Movie Groups
William Inge Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
In Oklahoma in the 1920s, Rubin 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
1960: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Shirley Knight)
1960: Golden Globes: 3 Nominations, including Best Supp. Actor (Kinsolving)
1960: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1960: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
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