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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 8 March 1941 (USA)
A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.



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Complete credited cast:
Rita Warren
Dr. Davis
Inspector Mason
Blondie White
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Archer
June Brewster
Ace Vernon (as Jack LaRue)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Campeau ...
Burlesque Patron (scenes deleted)


A high-society gent has a secret life - he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police attempting to solve crimes. This causes him no end of problems when his wife wants to know about his little disappearances and exceptionally late nights out. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime


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8 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Pasos en la oscuridad  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Maltese Falcon" statuette from the 1931 version of the Dashiell Hammett mystery can be seen in Alan Hale's office. Both the statue and co-star Lee Patrick would soon appear in the classic second remake later than year. See more »


On the label for the Novocain at the dentist's office, epinephrine is misspelled 'epinephin'. See more »


Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins: [to the turbanned Ahmed Bey] What's the matter? You got a headache?
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References The Maltese Falcon (1931) See more »


Love Me
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Lee Patrick and chorus at the burlesque theater
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a well crafted mystery and a touch of romance and light comedy thrown in for good measure, a hidden gem
3 May 2005 | by (chicago usa) – See all my reviews

a hidden gem, shows the wide variety of skills errol flynn possessed but was not given credit for until much later. errol could really act, he had an excellent comedic touch and really makes this well written mystery a lot of fun. brenda marshall is her usual gorgeous self, shes a dream. the mystery is well crafted and this was good enough that they should have done a sequel. errol was type cast by the studio as a the prototype "super man" and "action hero", which he did better then anyone. what the studio prevented was errol doing comedy and other roles which he was marvelous at. the few comedy roles he was allowed to do in his career are superb. his star was brighter then most, but hidden by studio hacks were many of his varied talents.

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