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The Spiral Staircase from 1945 with Dorothy McGuire and Ethel Barrymore (who was nominated for an Oscar for the role). Beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for old ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety ...
Could this be Murder of Crows? I watched it a long time ago, so i dont remember about the first scene you describe, but i would match your other descriptions.
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