Oscar Movies: Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The

Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The

Warner

William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (l960), transferred to the screen from his Broadway play, depicts a family torn by problems. As other Inge's works, it's set in the l920s, in a small Oklahoma town, and is about repression, both sexual and emotional.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Supporting Actress: Shirley Knight

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

Shirley Knight received her first Supporting Oscar nomination for one of her first pictures, but lost to Shirley Jones in “Elmer Gantry.” Knight would receive a second, consecutive nomination in 1962 for “Sweet Bird of Youth.”