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Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lowry
Lily Watkins
David Macdonald
Belinda Lee ...
Elizabeth Travers
Ronald Squire ...
Alfred Travers
Det. Insp. R.M. Peters
Herbert Moresby
Frederick Leister ...
Dr. Simpson
Percy Marmont ...
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Park (as Margery Rhodes)
Barry Keegan ...
Constable Matthew Burke
Sheila Manahan ...
Mrs. Rose Moresby
Norman Macowan ...
Cameron Hall ...
Michael Corcoran


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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1.66 : 1
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Katherine 'Katie' Henderson Burke is killed at around 9.10pm on November 3rd. See more »


Marjorie Rhodes' character is referred to as Mrs Parks in dialogue, but Mrs Park in the closing credits. See more »


Stephen Lowry: Don't ever use her perfume.
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22 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Footsteps in the Fog" is a truly excellent Victorian drama starring husband and wife team Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons. Granger plays Stephen Lowry, a man who has murdered his wife and gotten away with it; Simmons plays his maid, Lily, who knows he did it. There are two different paths he can take to keep her quiet. He prefers one way; she prefers the other. Meanwhile, Lowry has fallen for a beautiful woman, Elizabeth Travers (the luminous Belinda Lee) of his own class, and, after a suitable period of mourning, wants to marry her. The fly in the ointment there is a solicitor, David MacDonald (Bill Travers) who is also in love with Elizabeth and very suspicious of Lowry's behavior. When Lowry is accused of a crime, Elizabeth asks David to take the case.

This is a really neat film with a surprise ending. The acting is wonderful, as is the atmosphere, which captures not only the danger in certain scenes but the whole ambiance of Victorian London. Jean Simmons to my mind has always been underrated. She does an excellent job here as the quietly wily Lily. Granger is attractive and plays the fairly unflappable Lowry very well.

Sadly, the gorgeous Lee would die a few years later, at the age of 26, in a car accident. Not only is she lovely in the role, but no expense was spared for her costumes, especially that blue gown.

Filmed in color. Highly recommended. A real buried treasure.

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