The fifth and last of the Ben Schwab productions starring Bill Elliott as a L.A. sheriff's department detective begins with Henry Johnson being sought by the sheriff's office for the murder of his neighbor and friend,Fred Horner, whose strangled body was found in Johnson's motel apartment. Lieutenant Andy Doyle of the Los Angeles sheriff's department learns that Johnson had been an avid card-playing gambler, and had frequently argued violently with the deceased. Trailing Johnson's fiancée, Mary Raikin, the police capture Johnson, who insists he did not kill Horner, but fled in panic when he discovered Johnson's body in his room after an absence of only a few minutes. It is discovered that a wealthy tenant of an adjacent motel, Bradbury, bears a resemblance to the murdered man, and in order to set him up as a decoy, Doyle suggests the Bradbury spread the word he is leaving for his home the next day. That night, the real killer,Pat Orvello, sneaks into Bradbury's room to rob him, but is... Written by
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With Footsteps In The Night, Wild Bill Elliott said farewell to the silver screen. And the noted cowboy actor did it with his boots off so to speak.
His last film as Detective Lieutenant Andy Doyle of the LA County Sheriff has him investigating the case of Robert Shayne being murdered in his hotel room following a card game with Douglas Dick. Shayne was known as a miserly sort and he yelled loud and long about parting with a nickel. The quarrel was heard and Dick became a prime suspect immediately.
But when Dick is apprehended his story plus other things that didn't add up convince Elliott to look for alternative theories. What he finds I won't say, but it's astonishingly simple.
No doubt Elliott with these modern detective films was fulfilling a contractual obligation to Allied Artists. I've seen a lot of his work over the past couple of years. At one time he was poised to enter the big time as that other cowboy actor John Wayne did.
Again this is a good police drama. But not like anything else that wasn't being seen on the small screen at this time.
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