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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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When you realize HOW it could happen to you...YOUR SPINE WILL FREEZE! (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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Piano Etude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major, 'Tristesse'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Unidentified recording played by prisoner #3
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Broken mirrors, black cats and two dollar bills.
16 October 2017 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes is directed by William Nigh and adapted to screenplay by Steve Fisher from a story by Cornell Woolrich. It stars Don Castle, Elyse Knox, Regis Toomey and Charles D. Brown. Music is by Edward J. Kay and cinematography by Mack Stengler.

Hoofer Tom Quinn (Castle) is convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence. Sentenced to death row, Tom must hope his wife Ann (Knox) can find the proof of his innocence before his date with death.

Pretty routine noir exercise this one, but definitely of interest to film noir lovers looking for something they may not have seen before. In true noir fashion fate and coincidences play a huge part in the narrative drive, as does a bit of obsessive yearnings and questionable moral standing. The look is nifty, very noirish when the prison or the church is involved, or the nighttime shots in general, while there's a quirky edge to proceedings that always keeps the pic interesting. The ending is a disappointment (in true noir terms), and apart from the always reliable Toomey, the acting only just about passes muster, but it's worth a look see, even if it isn't the under seen gem some would have you believe... 6/10


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