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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Crime  |  8 March 1941 (USA)
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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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Ace Vernon (as Jack LaRue)
Turhan Bey ...
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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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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

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Also Known As:

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 »

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 Brother Orchid (1940) See more »

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Make Love with a Guitar
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Music by María Grever
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When You're Cover Is Blown
16 March 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Footsteps in the Dark is the title of a mystery novel that investment banker Errol Flynn wrote under a pseudonym that has become a best seller. Unfortunately he used as characters some of his wife Brenda Marshall and mother-in-law Lucille Watson's society friends and they'd like to sue the author if they can find him.

Errol while trying to see they don't find out what his double life is gets himself involved in another murder of Noel Madison who wanted Flynn to essentially launder the money from some stolen jewels in his banker self.

Flynn spends over 90 minutes struggling to keep his identities secret from those who know him in one guise or the other and solve the mystery at the same time. The only two who know about his masquerade are his chauffeur Allen Jenkins and his lawyer Grant Mitchell.

Flynn had a very good gift for comedy, he had already done The Perfect Specimen and Four's A Crowd and had gotten good reviews. Footsteps in the Dark was an effort by Warner Brothers to cash in on the popularity and success MGM was enjoying with The Thin Man series. Flynn and Marshall were good together though there was no further sequels.

Best in the film by far is William Frawley as one truly dumb detective that even his superior Alan Hale is frustrated with. Flynn bounces some great lines off Frawley.

It's a different Errol Flynn than normal and not a bad one.


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