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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

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


Lloyd Bacon


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





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)


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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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 19 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Saturday 29 September 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Saturday 4 November 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5), in San Francisco Monday 12 November 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Phoenix Tuesday 20 November 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Spokane Friday 7 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), and in Boston Sunday 16 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »


Shadow of boom mike visible when Francis and his wife are in front of their closet when he tries to get her to leave before the police arrive. See more »


Francis Monroe Warren II: [as Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins tries unsuccessfully to break open a door] Try using your head.
Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins: Right.
[almost head-butts the door]
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »


Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
Music by Ray Henderson
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User Reviews

Another Flynn win
12 November 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Enjoyable comedy mystery with Errol Flynn as a man who, unknown to his wife and mother-in-law, leads a double life as an amateur sleuth and writer of murder mysteries. I like this one a lot, which appears to place me in the minority here, judging by a quick glance at some of the reviews. Errol Flynn shows how well he can do with comedy in a nice change of pace for him that still plays to his strengths as a charming ladies man. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't see any reason for comparisons (positive or negative) to William Powell's Nick Charles from the Thin Man series, beyond the most superficial similarities. The great supporting cast includes Allen Jenkins, Ralph Bellamy, Lee Patrick, William Frawley, Roscoe Karns, Grant Mitchell, Lucille Watson, and Alan Hale. Nice seeing Hale in a slightly different role than usual as the police inspector frustrated by Flynn but relying on his help. It's what I would call the James Gleason role because he played those kinds of parts perfectly. Lovely Brenda Marshall plays Flynn's wife and, like Flynn, proves she can handle comedy quite well. It's a fun picture. It doesn't bring to the table anything particularly innovative for either the comedy or mystery genres but it gets the job done as lightweight entertainment. Flynn had a great run from about 1935 to 1945 where he made most of his classics. I've seen all of his films from this period and, in my opinion, there wasn't a stinker among them.

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Release Date:

8 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Footsteps in the Dark See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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