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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stephen Lowry
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Lily Watkins
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David Macdonald
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Elizabeth Travers
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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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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »

Quotes

Stephen Lowry: Another woman once thought she owned me. Don't drive me too far!
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Bonnie Jean, just too beautiful...
27 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

She died last weekend aged 80, a great star whose career never seemed to find a summit, forestalled by middling films and imprecise casting. While this Edwardian Gothic gave her one of her more intriguing roles I've always felt she was too beautiful for it. If Lily the blackmailing housemaid had been less attractive the dangerous affair with her murderous employer would have felt a lot darker, seamier and her final pathos - the little skivvy whose dream-world collapses around her - more acute. When the Grangers are together they look perfectly suited - a married star-team of their day. Full marks to their performances, though.

While one or two plot-twists are far too facile - the brother-in-law mistaking the barrister for Lowry just because he comes out of a room, for instance - Arthur Lubin's direction gets the points across clearly and efficiently though lacking the Hitchcock intensity and lingering touches which might have made this a minor classic. A solid Technicolor production there's nonetheless a certain aura of rush and tweaking here and there with odd continuity slips and scenes that suddenly trail away in mid-sentence. Some bad processing is evident when the rather wet second-leads go driving together in the new horseless-carriage, which at least provides some topically amusing light-relief. But it's a memorable little show overall, good to watch with a last glimpse of Granger that's quite clammy - and now to be cherished more than ever as another movie-icon slips away from us in the dark.


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