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I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)

Approved | | Mystery, Film-Noir, Crime | 23 May 1948 (USA)
A dancer is pinned for murder after his shoe prints are found at the scene of the crime. His wife follows the trail of clues to the genuine killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Inspector Clint Judd
Charles D. Brown ...
Inspector Stevens
Harry - 1st Detective
Robert Lowell ...
John L. Kosloff
District Attorney
2nd Detective
Esther Michelson ...
Mrs. Finkelstein
Ray Dolciame ...
Shoeshine Boy
William Ruhl ...
Police Lieutenant
Mr. Lake - Tom's Lawyer (as John H. Elliott)
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Alvin
Herman Cantor ...
Jury Foreman


Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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23 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Todeszelle Nr. 5  »

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Pedestrian But Pleasing
1 August 2004 | by (Proctorville, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This rediscovered little dilly wouldn't walk away with any awards, but it's the sort of grade-B fare that makes film noir aficionados jump for joy! As is remarkably common in such flicks, the fog of confusion comes in on little cat feet--this time in the presence of two fighting felines on a fence. The protagonist flings his shoes at them, and fate suddenly starts tromping roughshod over him and his hapless spouse. The plot is somewhat plodding by modern standards, but its patient unfolding allows realization to creep slowly over the viewer, so that the conclusion is all the more credible and satisfying. Fans of crime and mystery films of the forties and fifties should find this offering to be a runaway pleaser!

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