The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) Film Review

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
DIRECTOR: Delbert Mann
BOTTOM LINE: Robert Eyer has a few lovely moments as Sonny Flood the little gay boy who can’t wait to show his uncle Morris (Frank Overton) his picture book of silent movie stars in gay playwright William Inge’s play “The Dark at the Top of the Staits”. This beautiful adaptation, directed by Delbert Mann in his interim period between Paddy Chayefsky slice-of-life realism and Doris Day comedy-romance from a great script by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch boasts superb performances by Robert Preston as his dad Rubin, Dorothy McGuire as his mom Cora, Shirley Knight as his sister Reenie, Eve Arden as his aunt Lotte and above all, Angela Lansbury as Mavis Pruitt, the owner of the local beauty salon who has always loved Rubin
POST TITLE: Fifty-Four Queer Films Made Under the Hays Code (1934-1967)
CATEGORY: My Favorites
SUBCATEGORY: Queer Film
STREAMING: “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” is not available for streaming. However, the DVD can be purchased at Amazon.

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