6.8/10
208
6 user 5 critic

Take One False Step (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 August 1949 (USA)
Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend ... See full summary »

Director:

Chester Erskine

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screenplay by), Chester Erskine (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

US Treasury agent George Morton persuades convicted criminal Johnny Evans to help him destroy a drug smuggling ring in exchange for early parole.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Howard Duff, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a San Francisco priest is murdered, a policeman, who's a close friend, starts an investigation.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Tony Curtis, Marisa Pavan, Gilbert Roland
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The macho head of an urban community center tries to reform juvenile delinquents.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Stephen McNally, Thelma Ritter, Luis Van Rooten
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger
Drama | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Hopper
Stars: Tony Curtis, Pat Crowley, Ernest Borgnine
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The emotional story of a lifelong friendship between a Boston rookie cop and a young street-wise delinquent.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Tony Curtis, George Nader, Julie Adams
Mister Cory (1957)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A street-smart young man from the Chicago slums dreams of cajoling with the rich and powerful, no matter the cost.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Tony Curtis, Martha Hyer, Charles Bickford
The Outsider (1961)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tony Curtis plays an Indian (Nicknamed "Chief" by other soldiers) who fights in WWII and helps to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Gregory Walcott
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dishonest riverboat gambler Ben Matthews is blamed for a murder he didn't commit and must find the real killer before the lynch mob finds him.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Sam Itzkovitch
Stars: Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 13th-century Tangiers, regent Mustapha hires a paid assassin to kill baby Prince Hussein in order to usurp his throne but the assassin has second thoughts and steals the baby for himself.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Everett Sloane
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

To pacify 104 sex-starved male soldiers building an Arctic radar base, Army psychologist Vicki Loren suggests choosing one by lot to have a "perfect furlough" as selected by the men: three ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Andrew Gentling
Shelley Winters ... Catherine Sykes
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Wier
Dorothy Hart ... Helen Gentling
James Gleason ... Gledhill
Felix Bressart ... Professor Morris Avrum
Art Baker ... Henry Pritchard
Sheldon Leonard ... Pacciano
Howard Freeman ... Dr. Markheim
Houseley Stevenson ... Thatcher
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Arnspiger
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Doctor Watson
Jess Barker ... Arnold Sykes
Mikel Conrad ... Freddie
Edit

Storyline

Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Passo em Falso See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not among William Powell's better films....
25 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Take One False Step" is a very weak William Powell film. Despite being a fine actor with a long string of excellent films behind him, this one from late in his career is among his worst. As a mystery- suspense film it just doesn't pay off, due to a particularly weak script.

Andrew (William Powell) is a professor in town to start a new college. However, when he arrives there, an old flame, Catherine (Shelley Winters) sees him and is very insistent that they spend the evening together. She's a bit of a mess and why the professor agrees is a bit inexplicable. They go out for a drive and she is a bit drunk...and their evening is anything but fun for him.

After dropping her off, he soon learns that she's disappeared and folks think foul play. Here is where the picture gets rather dumb. Instead of going to the police or just sitting tight, Martha (Marsha Hunt) convinces him that he needs to investigate the disappearance himself, otherwise he might be accused. Does a college professor investigating make much sense? No. But it makes even less when everything he then does makes him look guilty as sin! And, for a smart guy, he sure seems like a big dummy!

The problem is the script. Andrew's actions rarely make sense and the picture just isn't very satisfying as a result. I think it's best a film for die-hard Powell fans...otherwise, you can skip this one.

FYI--Marsha Hunt is still going strong at 99 (she turns 100 in October).


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed