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Whispering Footsteps (1943)

A bank clerk in a small town returns home from a vacation in Indianapolis, and hears a story on the radio about a girl found murdered there. The description of the killer fits him exactly, ... See full summary »

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Howard Bretherton

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Dane Lussier (screenplay), Gertrude Walker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Hubbard ... Marcus Aurelius 'Mark' Borne
Rita Quigley ... Brook Hammond
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Helene LaSalle
Charles Halton ... Harry Hammond
Cy Kendall ... Detective Brad Dolan
Juanita Quigley ... Rose Murphy
Mary Gordon ... Ma Murphy
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Jerry Murphy (as Billy Benedict)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Cy Walsh, boarder
Marie Blake ... Sally Lukens, boarder
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A bank clerk in a small town returns home from a vacation in Indianapolis, and hears a story on the radio about a girl found murdered there. The description of the killer fits him exactly, and when two girls are murdered in his town, suspicion falls on him - especially when he can't provide an alibi for the time the girls were killed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El asesino fantasma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Screaming nuisance
18 May 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

John Hubbard (Mark) lives in a guest house and falls under suspicion when his description fits that of a murderer. Not only that, but his behaviour seems to fit someone who may be guilty of a murder spree – he reads strange books and his after dark hours seem to follow the pattern of the murderer. So, is he?

The film is OK – ruined by a few of the cast – but essentially it keeps you guessing so that's a good point. It's a shame that Juanita Quigley (Rose) doesn't get murdered – you will see what I mean. She's the one that screams every time she appears. Not just once, usually 3 times. And it's always at top decibels and very shrill. I think it's meant to be funny. Anyway, she ruins the film. Another oddity is Mary Gordon (Ma) who plays the landlady and who speaks with what sounds like a dreadful Scottish accent. I found out that she is actually Scottish which makes her unlike-able because she shouldn't speak like that!

It's a compact film that is more of a study of human nature rather than a straightforward whodunnit.


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