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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 8 March 1941 (USA)
A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Lester Cole (screenplay), John Wexley (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Francis Warren aka F.X. Pettijohn
Brenda Marshall ... Rita Warren
Ralph Bellamy ... R.L. Davis D.D.S.
Alan Hale ... Police Inspector C.W. Mason
Lee Patrick ... Blondie White
Allen Jenkins ... Wilfred
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Archer
William Frawley ... Hopkins
Roscoe Karns ... Monahan
Grant Mitchell ... Carruthers
Maris Wrixon ... June Brewster
Noel Madison ... Fissue
Jack La Rue ... Ace Vernon (as Jack LaRue)
Turhan Bey ... Ahmed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Campeau George Campeau ... Burlesque Patron (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A high-society gent has a secret life - he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police attempting to solve crimes. This causes him no end of problems when his wife wants to know about his little disappearances and exceptionally late nights out. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

8 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasos en la oscuridad See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play called "Katzenzungen" was written by Ladislas Fodor using the pseudonym W. George Selous. It was adapted into English by Bernard Merivale, with additional dialogue by Jeffrey Dell, and produced in London under the title "Blondie White." See more »

Goofs

On the label for the Novocain at the dentist's office, epinephrine is misspelled 'epinephin'. See more »

Quotes

Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins: [to the turbanned Ahmed Bey] What's the matter? You got a headache?
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Connections

References Brother Orchid (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

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Errol Flynn with a Bow Tie
23 March 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Never realized that Errol Flynn made a comedy in 1941 with Brenda Marshall and a great cast of veteran actors who were all in the top of their acting careers. This is a very funny film about a rich financial investment banker, Francis Monroe WarrenII (Errol Flynn),"Cry Wolf", who also on the side writes mystery books and keeps it all a complete secret from his family. Brenda Marshall,(Rita Warren), "Whispering Smith", plays the role of a rather dumb wife who begins to get suspicious of her husbands 3 AM arrivals through their bedroom window almost every night. Ralph Bellamy, (Dr. R.L.Davis),"Rosemary's Baby plays the role as a dentist and does more than pull teeth painlessly. Alan Hale along with Allen Jenkins give great supporting roles along with a fast paced comedy that is full of laughs and that bow tie on Errol Flynn did me IN! Enjoy


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