I want a parlor palm as big as the ones everybody in this movie has!
It's directed by Robert Siodmak. He left Germany with the rise of the Nazis, using a faked birthplace of Memphis, TN, to get passage to Paris, though some believe the Mamphis claim to be true.
Dorothy McGuire (whose career lasted from 1943-1990 and whose varied credits include A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, The Enchanted Cottage, Three Coins in the Fountain, Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson and The Greatest Story Ever Told);
George Brent (whose career lasted from 1929-1978);
Ethel Barrymore (whose storied career lasted from 1895-1957);
Elsa Lanchester (who career lasted from 1925-1980 and included roles in The Private Life of Henry VIII; Bride of Frankenstein; The Bishop's Wife; Bell, Book and Candle; Mary Poppins; and the Elvis movie Easy Come, Easy Go);
and Rhonda Fleming.
via Daily Motion:
1000 Misspent Hours says it's "somewhat short on action, but it compensates by being reasonably suspenseful and by featuring a killer with an interesting psychological motivation." Images Journal says, "The Spiral Staircase evokes Hitchcock at his best." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 92%.