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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.

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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

Leopold Fissue: [after Warren has turned down Fissue's proposal of laundering money on stolen diamonds] Nothing is impossible, Mr. Warren, if the necessity of doing it is great enough.
Francis Monroe Warren II: Aren't you being a little presumptious?
Leopold Fissue: Not at all. I'm merely suggesting that you're going to take my account and help me.
Francis Monroe Warren II: Why am I?
Leopold Fissue: Because, Mr. Warren, men like ourselves whose lives are... well... how should I say... uh, rather... complicated don't dare offend anyone, do they?
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
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Music by Ray Henderson
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When You're Cover Is Blown
16 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Footsteps in the Dark is the title of a mystery novel that investment banker Errol Flynn wrote under a pseudonym that has become a best seller. Unfortunately he used as characters some of his wife Brenda Marshall and mother-in-law Lucille Watson's society friends and they'd like to sue the author if they can find him.

Errol while trying to see they don't find out what his double life is gets himself involved in another murder of Noel Madison who wanted Flynn to essentially launder the money from some stolen jewels in his banker self.

Flynn spends over 90 minutes struggling to keep his identities secret from those who know him in one guise or the other and solve the mystery at the same time. The only two who know about his masquerade are his chauffeur Allen Jenkins and his lawyer Grant Mitchell.

Flynn had a very good gift for comedy, he had already done The Perfect Specimen and Four's A Crowd and had gotten good reviews. Footsteps in the Dark was an effort by Warner Brothers to cash in on the popularity and success MGM was enjoying with The Thin Man series. Flynn and Marshall were good together though there was no further sequels.

Best in the film by far is William Frawley as one truly dumb detective that even his superior Alan Hale is frustrated with. Flynn bounces some great lines off Frawley.

It's a different Errol Flynn than normal and not a bad one.


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