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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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Rita Warren
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Blondie White
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Wilfred
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Mrs. Archer
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Hopkins
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Monahan
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Carruthers
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June Brewster
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Fissue
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Ace Vernon (as Jack LaRue)
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Ahmed
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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 original play called "Katzenzungen" was written by Ladislas Fodor using the pseudonym W. George Selous. It was adapted into English by Bernard Merivale, with additional dialogue by Jeffrey Dell, and produced in London under the title "Blondie White." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Wilfred: I know my rights. I'm a taxpayer, wee!
Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins: Yeah, well, we're you're goin', you won't have to pay no taxes, see!
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
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Music by Ray Henderson
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Another Flynn win
12 November 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable comedy mystery with Errol Flynn as a man who, unknown to his wife and mother-in-law, leads a double life as an amateur sleuth and writer of murder mysteries. I like this one a lot, which appears to place me in the minority here, judging by a quick glance at some of the reviews. Errol Flynn shows how well he can do with comedy in a nice change of pace for him that still plays to his strengths as a charming ladies man. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't see any reason for comparisons (positive or negative) to William Powell's Nick Charles from the Thin Man series, beyond the most superficial similarities. The great supporting cast includes Allen Jenkins, Ralph Bellamy, Lee Patrick, William Frawley, Roscoe Karns, Grant Mitchell, Lucille Watson, and Alan Hale. Nice seeing Hale in a slightly different role than usual as the police inspector frustrated by Flynn but relying on his help. It's what I would call the James Gleason role because he played those kinds of parts perfectly. Lovely Brenda Marshall plays Flynn's wife and, like Flynn, proves she can handle comedy quite well. It's a fun picture. It doesn't bring to the table anything particularly innovative for either the comedy or mystery genres but it gets the job done as lightweight entertainment. Flynn had a great run from about 1935 to 1945 where he made most of his classics. I've seen all of his films from this period and, in my opinion, there wasn't a stinker among them.


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