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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

 -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Francis Monroe Warren II
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Rita Warren
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Dr. R.L. Davis
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Police Insp. Charles M. Mason
Lee Patrick ...
Blondie White
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Mr. Wilfred
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Agatha Archer
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Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins
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Monahan
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Wellington Carruthers
Maris Wrixon ...
June Brewster
Noel Madison ...
Leopold Fissue
Jack La Rue ...
Ace Vernon (as Jack LaRue)
Turhan Bey ...
Ahmed
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George Campeau ...
Burlesque Patron (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Pasos en la oscuridad  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

When Francis is talking to Blondie White, she says she'll meet him at the bus station in an hour. "That's four O'Clock." she says. When Francis is with his secretary, looking for her later the same day, Francis suggests she might be at rehearsal, and the secretary says they don't start until 2'O clock. That means it's earlier now than when he left home, after breakfast, to go to Blondie's Apartment. See more »

Quotes

Police Insp. Charles M. Mason: A jewel importer keeps his stuff in his safe. He doesn't run around with it in his pockets.
Francis Monroe Warren II: Suppose he took it out of the safe for some purpose?
Police Insp. Charles M. Mason: He could have been wearing a kilt, but he wasn't.
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References Brother Orchid (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
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Music by Ray Henderson
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Errol Flynn leads a double life with delightful results
27 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems lots of people didn't like this film very much but I absolutely loved it. Flynn plays blue blood investment adviser Francis Monroe Warren II with blue blood clients, a blue blood wife, and a blue blood social life. All of this blue blood is making Francis feel tired and run down, so he leads a double life to spice things up. At night and at odd hours during the work day he concocts murder mysteries and covers his absences at home by telling his wife that he was at some board meeting. His most recent publication - under a pen name of course

  • has his wealthy friends aghast because he used them as characters in


his book and only slightly changed their names. The town's whole social register is looking for the real name of this author so they can sue him for damages. Francis' antics begin to catch up with him when he is blackmailed by someone who knows about his double life.

Pretty soon Francis is involved in a real murder mystery involving stolen diamonds, a burlesque queen, threatening letters from an anonymous person, and clues that seem to point back to his own wife as a suspect. On top of everything, his wife and mother-in-law become suspicious of his behavior and have him followed, with the detective drawing all the wrong conclusions.

This is a very different kind of role for Flynn, but he brought to it all of the things that made his swashbuckling films such fun. As Robin Hood he was continually laughing in the face of danger, here he just grins at it, but he still seems to get the upper hand in every situation - always suave and in control. If you want to watch something that is just plain fun I highly recommend this one.


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