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1958 (USA) See more »
An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death. | Add synopsis »
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Diana Dors ... Calico

George Baker ... Johnny Mansell
Terence Morgan ... Dave Mansell
Patrick Allen ... Paddy Ryan
Jane Griffiths ... Sylvia
Joseph Tomelty ... Joe Ryan
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant Lamb
Russell Napier ... Potter
Norman Macowan ... Danny (as Norman MacOwan)
Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Finnegan
Betty Warren ... Flo
Chris Fay ... Eric Downs
Terry Baker ... Young Rough
Timothy Bateson ... Fletcher
John Salew ... Pawnbroker
Michael Golden ... St. John's Ambulance Man
George Merritt ... Timekeeper
Jack McNaughton ... Workman (as Jack MacNaughton)
Andrew Keir ... Inspector Harris
Hal Osmond ... Flatcap
Norman Pierce ... Publican
Patrick Crean ... Blue Blazer
Sandra Francis ... Linda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Kerwin ... Michael (uncredited)
Wilfrid Lawson ... Holroyd (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parry 
Writing credits
Jack Popplewell (play "Blind Alley")

George Minter (screenplay) and
Denis O'Dell (screenplay)

Produced by
George Minter .... executive producer
Denis O'Dell .... producer
Original Music by
Tristram Cary 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Elven Webb 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey 
Makeup Department
Joan Smallwood .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
Sound Department
Red Law .... sound recordist
Fred Ryan .... sound recordist (as F.H. Ryan)
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Verity .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Ken Jones .... composer: source music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Hymns .... assistant to producer
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Johnny Mansell:Just... play the game with Dave.
Calico:Why shouldn't I?
Johnny Mansell:You know how it is. Some women are mercenary.
Calico:So are some men. He can look after himself.
Johnny Mansell:He's blinded by you, Calico. He's not your style. He can't give you the life you're hungry for.
Calico:Can you?
Johnny Mansell:No diamond watches up my sleeve.
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
good thriller, 16 March 2011
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The stunningly beautiful Diana Dors gets involved with two brothers in "Tread Softly Stranger," a 1958 British 'B' movie. It's on a set of six films called "British Cinema," and it's by far the best of the lot.

Dors is Calico, a real slut, albeit a gorgeous one, who is hanging out with a nerdy office worker, Dave Mansell (Terence Mansell), an accountant in a nearby factory. Then his brother Johnny (George Baker), a handsome con man running away from a bad debt, comes to town. Calico quickly switches allegiance, but keeps her options open. When Johnny finds out that Dave is 300 pounds short in the accounts because of embezzling to buy Calico gifts, he decides to hock the watch Dave gave Calico, add his own money to it, and gamble on a sure thing. With an impending audit coming up, there isn't much time to replace the money.

Unfortunately, Calico has another idea. While Johnny is at the race track and winning, Calico convinces Dave that Johnny isn't coming back and insists that he just rob the factory of all its money - that way, the shortfall won't show up. She promises Dave that if he does it, she will go away with him. Turns into a real mess.

This is a very suspenseful story, very dark and loaded with atmosphere. One gets the feeling of a small, crummy factory town. The acting is good; Dors is a knockout. Definitely work seeing.

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