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Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | June 1955 (UK)
In early 1900s England, a maid tries to blackmail her master into romancing her when she discovers he murdered his wife.

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Stephen Lowry
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Lily Watkins
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David Macdonald
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Elizabeth Travers
Ronald Squire ...
Alfred Travers
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Inspector Peters
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Herbert Moresby
Frederick Leister ...
Dr. Simpson
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Magistrate
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Park (as Margery Rhodes)
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Brasher
Barry Keegan ...
Constable Burke
Sheila Manahan ...
Rose Moresby
Norman Macowan ...
Grimes
Cameron Hall ...
Corcoran
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To his Victorian London friends, Stephen Lowry is a heartbroken widower. Only his housemaid Lily knows that far from dying of gastroenteritis his wife was slowly poisoned by her husband - information she is happy to use to improve her position in the household and to make sure she stays close to Stephen. As his own prospects improve with a business partnership and a romance more of his own class, Stephen decides that Lily must go. Unfortunately for him, his first attempt gives her even more of a hold over him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS...OR KILL! (original print ad - all caps)

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June 1955 (UK)  »

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Des pas dans le brouillard  »

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1.66 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters portrayed in this film are purely fictional and any resemblance to any actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Lowry tells Elizabeth that he has something to ask her father, who has just entered the room. When Alfred replies, "Something I think I'm already aware of," his lips do not move. See more »

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Stephen Lowry: Don't ever use her perfume.
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Atmospheric Victorian melodrama
16 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When we first see Stephen Lowry (Stewart Granger)he seems to be a grieving widower as he stands beside his late wife's grave in Victorian London .The truth is another thing altogether and we soon learn that he has murdered his wife ,by poison ,and concealed the evidence .Unfortunately for him he was observed by the ambitious and put upon parlour maid Lily Watkins (Jean Simmons)who blackmails him into giving her the job of housekeeper and takes possession of the deceased's jewels .She is also in love with Lowry and he strings her along with promises of marriage while plotting to kill her and marry the dutiful Elizabeth (Belinda Lee)the daughter of his business partner Alfred Travis(Ronald Squire).much to the consternation of straight arrow lawyer David Mcdonald (Bill Travers)who is in love with Elizabeth and who harbours the gravest suspicion about Lowry.

This is a well made movie ,with lavish interiors ,some striking Tecnicolor photography and a moody score .It is strikingly well acted especially by Granger who always appeared at ease in period roles .Simmons struggles a tad with the Cockney accent but still manages to convince as an opportunistic female with a pathetically unrequited love for Lowry .Strong support from Marjorie Rhodes as her nagging boss ,Peter Bull as a prosecuting attorney and William Hartnell as an oily blackmailer also boost proceedings .The whole thing is lushly and slickly made melodrama that stands out from the run of the mill studio product of its time


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