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I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)

Approved | | Mystery, Film-Noir, Crime | 23 May 1948 (USA)
A dancer is pinned for murder after his shoe prints are found at the scene of the crime. His wife follows the trail of clues to the genuine killer.

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (novel), Steve Fisher (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Castle ... Thomas J. 'Tom' Quinn
Elyse Knox ... Ann Quinn
Regis Toomey ... Police Inspector Clint Judd
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Inspector Stevens
Rory Mallinson ... Harry - 1st Detective
Robert Lowell Robert Lowell ... John L. Kosloff
Steve Darrell ... District Attorney
Bill Kennedy ... 2nd Detective
Esther Michelson Esther Michelson ... Mrs. Finkelstein
Ray Dolciame Ray Dolciame ... Shoeshine Boy
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Police Lieutenant
John Sheehan ... Judge
John Elliott ... Mr. Lake - Tom's Lawyer (as John H. Elliott)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Alvin
Herman Cantor Herman Cantor ... Jury Foreman
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Storyline

Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Based on the sizzling novel by CORNELL WOOLRICH (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todeszelle Nr. 5 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Piano Etude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major, 'Tristesse'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Unidentified recording played by prisoner #3
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New shoes, please
23 February 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Don Castle (Tom) is an out of work dancer with only 1 pair of shoes. Not only that but he throws them out of the window when some cats bother him. He goes to retrieve them but can't find them. Next morning, his wife Elyse Knox (Ann) brings them to him from outside their apartment. Someone has returned them. How nice. Not really, though. Whoever left them there has murdered someone whilst wearing them and has kindly returned them for framing purposes.

We have a flashback film with Castle on Death Row awaiting his execution. He relates his story to 4 other prisoners and the film intersperses between the prison cells, where prisoner no. 3 is in charge of the tunes, and a separate investigation to discover what actually happened courtesy of Knox.

It's an entertaining film and it has a twist. You'll probably guess but these plots are all about the moment that you realize. Mental illness is definitely on the cards in this offering.


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