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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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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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Pasos en la oscuridad  »

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"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 »

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Shadow of boom mike visible when Francis and his wife are in front of their closet when he tries to get her to leave before the police arrive. See more »

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Francis Monroe Warren II: [as Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins tries unsuccessfully to break open a door] Try using your head.
Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins: Right.
[almost head-butts the door]
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Lee Patrick and chorus at the burlesque theater
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A fun and delightful comedy/ murder mystery
4 August 2003 | by (northridge, ca) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn is a very underrated actor when it comes to comedy. People just see him as a swashbuckler, dashing action hero. Not as a actor who could do any role from any type of genre. In Footsteps in the Dark he's very amusing and witty in his role as a person who lives a double life. In the day he's a insurance investigator, who goes by the name of Francis Warren and to his lovely wife a man who spends late nights at representative meetings. But in reality by night he's a crime solver/ murder investigator who what he sees he writes into his novels, and his latest book called by the same name of the film has raised eyebrows all over town and everyone is wondering who is this F.X. Pettijohn. When Francis' wife finds out the truth the sparks really begin to fly. Errol Flynn is absolutely hilarious in this role and Alan Hale, Brenda Marshall, William Frawley, and Ralph Bellamy do a fine job in backing up Errol. The movie has a lot of funny moments. Some of these include how Francis explains his way out of a jam with his wife and mother in-law. Others include Francis portrayal as a rich Texan named Tex, who Errol Flynn plays with a hick accent and an amusing cowboy walk, which can't be missed. Absolutely funny, it had me in tears. There is wrong thing though that i don't like about the film, and that is it's lack of crime solving clues and interrogation of suspects. It's not like Charlie Chan with it's clever crime solving. Their are a couple of clues here and there, but nothing clever though. Still the film is very delightful to watch and funny and I think it's much more entertaining to watch then other the Errol/ Brenda film they did together the year before this, The Sea Hawk. **1/2 out of ****


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