Stairway to Light

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Stairway to Light
Directed by Sammy Lee
Produced by Herbert Moulton
Jerry Bresler
Written by John Nesbitt
Rosemary Foster
Starring John Nesbitt
Cinematography Charles Salerno Jr.
Edited by Harry Komer
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • November 3, 1945 (1945-11-03)
Running time 10 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Stairway to Light is a 1945 American short drama film directed by Sammy Lee, and was one of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series. Set in Paris during the French Revolution, it tells the story of Philippe Pinel and his efforts in pointing out that the mentally ill should not be treated as animals. It won an Academy Award in 1946 for Best Short Subject (One-Reel).[1][2]



Stairway to Light was included on the R1 DVD release of the Hurd Hatfield-starring The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) as a supplemental bonus feature.


  1. ^ "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: Stairway to Light". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 

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