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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Diana Dors Best Film, 10 February 2013
Author: howardmorley from United Kingdom

I consider that this title is the late Diana Dors best film and I have quite a few in my DVD collection.Produced in 1958 when she was at her peak she has a memorable scene when she recounts her lowly slum- like upbringing to George Baker of how she made her way "out of the gutter up onto the pavement".It reminded me of an Oscar Wilde quote by Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" "...some of us may be in the gutter but we are looking up at the stars".1958 was the year that the wonderful "A Night to Remember" was made and I spotted three actors from that film in "Tread Softly Stranger", namely Joseph Tomelty" (Joe Ryan) as Dr. O'Loughlin, Russell Napier (Potter) as Capt. Stanley Lord and Thomas Heathcote (Sgt. Lamb) as a 1st class smoking room steward.Diana was well supported by Terence Morgan and George Baker and I disagree with a previous reviewer, it did not have an Anglicized/American script - I checked the nationality of the two scriptwriters James George Minter/Denis O'Dell before writing this review.The film also had an authentic bleak northern industrial landscape.Remember also we have many Irish people working in our country.

When George Baker burnt the stolen money and flushed the embers down the sewer and disposed of the revolver I thought the brothers may have succeeded in their robbery, but of course the censor stepped in like they did in the 1950s to ensure we citizens kept on the straight and narrow.Overall I rated it excellent and it kept my interest all through and I rated it 8/10

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