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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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Johnny Christopher
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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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Rough going for a tough hero---his girl wanted for murder! (original print ad) See more »


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Kryptografima V-13  »

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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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At one point after Johnny locks himself out of his car, he is seen leaning against the car door with his arm resting in the open driver's window. Clearly the windows are down. See more »

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Neat, fast-paced little spy thriller
26 June 2014 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Lawrence Tierney didn't often get to play good guys, and--judging by his performance in this compact, tight little actioner--he's actually pretty good at it. Tierney plays an ex-Marine who inadvertently gets mixed up with a pretty blonde (Anne Jeffreys, looking fetching), German spies and a murdered secret agent. There's more comedy than you usually see in a Tierney picture but there's also the kind of shootouts and fisticuffs you expect in a Tierney picture, and director Phil Rosen expertly blends them all together; in fact, this is probably the best of Rosen's pictures that I've seem (he could usually be found grinding out cheap Bowery Boys programmers for Monogram and shoddy jungle pictures, and worse, for PRC). There's a good supporting cast--Sidney Blackmer, John Hamilton, George Cleveland, James Flavin--it's well acted, moves like lightning and everything gets wrapped in just about an hour. Location shooting along the California coast helps greatly. A fun picture, definitely worth an hour of your time.


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