Stairway to Light

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Stairway to Light
Directed bySammy Lee
Produced byHerbert Moulton
Jerry Bresler
Written byJohn Nesbitt
Rosemary Foster
StarringJohn Nesbitt
CinematographyCharles Salerno Jr.
Edited byHarry Komer
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • November 3, 1945 (1945-11-03)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States

Stairway to Light is a 1945 American short drama film directed by Sammy Lee. It 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. In 1946, it won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (One-Reel) at the 18th Academy Awards.[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 August 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "New York Times: Stairway to Light". NY Times. Retrieved May 18, 2008.

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