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I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)

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 »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fantaisie-Impromptu in c# minor, Op. 66, for (solo) piano
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Unidentified recording played by prisoner #3
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awesome
4 April 2004 | by FilmLabRatSee all my reviews

A husband and wife dancing team down on their luck finds some money that gets them into a lot of trouble - and the husband on death row for murder. His one pair of shoes condemns him. After an open-and-shut trial and conviction, the wife ends up taking on his case herself as the clock ticks toward his execution. Camera flashes between husband in cell contemplating his life and impending death while his wife and others (with varying levels of interest and investment) work toward a resolution and possible alternative outcome.

Truly wonderful Film Noir murder mystery with intrigue, a twisting plot and surprise ending. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way. Highest quality acting, directing and script.

Sadly, there seems to be only one print of this film in the world.


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