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Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, 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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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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Lowry House is in London's Cumberland Avenue, close enough to Westminster to hear the chimes of Big Ben. See more »

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

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Lily Watkins: I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have you to look after...
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Restrained and refined--not necessarily the best things in a thriller
13 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Some kind of cross between a Bronte drama (like Jane Eyre) and a British crime film. And it falls a little flat for that very reason, being neither one very well.

It also suffers a little from the bland performance of the leading man, Stewart Granger, who is never as chilling, or duplicitous, or charming as he needs at various stages to be.

Jean Simmons, on the other hand, is fabulous, playing both coy and cunning equally well—sometimes at the same time. The situation is seemingly simple: Granger's character is a rich widower and Simmons, playing his housekeeper, has some serious dirt about him. What might seem like a blackmail situation gets sticky fast, however, and there are emotional twists and some more desperation before it all levels out.

I hate to paint a whole industry with one color, but this strikes me as a typically British way of handling a juicy, suspenseful dilemma. It's restrained and refined, and it tries for nuance rather than splash. Imagine, five years earlier, an American film noir version of this (there are several, including the 1946 Deception which might have parallels). Some might prefer the dramatic style here, which practically owes something to earlier Paramount productions—25 years earlier, that is. For me it made me feel as polite watching as the whole enterprise must have seemed to the participants.

It's good, it's totally worth watching, but it's also revealing about style and intent in the industry in this fuzzy period between classic Hollywood and the 1960s.


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