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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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Inspector Mason
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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 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 »

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 (1931) See more »

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Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
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Music by Ray Henderson
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Flynn & Co. Make Light Footsteps in the Dark
31 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, and Ralph Bellamy star in this lightweight comedy mystery, which has Flynn as a mystery writer who's writing under a pseudonym, so that he can keep his money-making habit from his society friends and his uppity mother-in-law, Lucile Watson. Somehow or else, he of course gets drawn into a real live murder investigation. The cast is full of recognizable faces, like Alan Hale, Allen Jenkins, Lee Patrick, Roscoe Karns, Grant Mitchell, and William Frawley. It seems pretty innocuous and fun, but its formulaic style does get a bit much, with the murderer pretty obvious. Most viewers, especially the ladies, will be pleased to see Flynn looking very dapper and very easy on the eyes, but by the end you'll wish it was better.


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