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Step by Step (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 August 1946 (USA)
Johnny, an ex-Marine, and Evelyn, a chance acquaintance, find themselves caught up in a plot involving Nazi spies in California.

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Von Dorn
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Senator Remmy
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Agent Jorgensen
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Johnny, an ex-Marine, and Evelyn, a chance acquaintance, find themselves caught up in a plot involving Nazi spies in California.

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Bathing Beauty...or BABY-FACED GUN GIRL? (original print ad) See more »


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Although the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1941-1950 claims that Tommy Noonan, who is listed on the CBCS as a Hot Dog Stand Proprietor, does not appear in the final film, nonetheless, Noonan is clearly visible and identifiable in at least one scene. See more »

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When Johnny is standing by his car at the start of the movie, he says he's locked out of it yet when he leans against the driver door, it's clear his arm is resting where the window is down. See more »

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A waste of Tierney
30 October 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1940s and into the 50s, Lawrence Tierney made a niche for himself starring in film noir pictures. His characters were cold, menacing and without remorse...exactly what you'd want in these sorts of movies. Sadly, while Tierney is in "Step By Step", it's not a noir film at all but a rather tired and uninteresting murder mystery involving neo-Nazis.

Johnny (Tierney) has recently returned from serving in the US military during WWII. He sees a very pretty lady, Evelyn Smith (Anne Jeffreys) and soon his lust for this woman draws him into a plot involving murder and post-war Nazis! It seems that Smith learned too much and was taken prisoner and they substituted her with another woman...and Johnny recognized the switch. However, he soon is himself accused of murder and he and the real Smith are sent on a wild chase by the authorities. Can goodness, Americanism and niceness prevail?!

This is a silly film with some bad clichés (such as the stranger that automatically believes the pair and helps them evade police). Not terrible...but also not very good and completely lacking in grit. Simply a B-movie...a B that came out a year too late considering its Nazi connection!


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