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Footsteps in the Night (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 14 April 1957 (USA)
A gambling addict is the logical suspect in the death of a card-playing neighbor who caused his relapse - too logical, think the two detectives on the case.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Albert Band (screenplay), Albert Band (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ... Lt. Andy Doyle
Don Haggerty ... Sgt. Mike Duncan
Eleanore Tanin Eleanore Tanin ... Mary Raiken
Douglas Dick ... Henry Johnson
James Flavin ... Mr. Bradbury
Gregg Palmer ... Pat Orvello
Harry Tyler ... Dick Harris, Sunset Villa
Ann Griffith Ann Griffith ... June Wright
Robert Shayne ... Fred Horner
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The fifth and last of the Ben Schwab productions starring Bill Elliott as a L.A. sheriff's department detective begins with Henry Johnson being sought by the sheriff's office for the murder of his neighbor and friend,Fred Horner, whose strangled body was found in Johnson's motel apartment. Lieutenant Andy Doyle of the Los Angeles sheriff's department learns that Johnson had been an avid card-playing gambler, and had frequently argued violently with the deceased. Trailing Johnson's fiancée, Mary Raikin, the police capture Johnson, who insists he did not kill Horner, but fled in panic when he discovered Johnson's body in his room after an absence of only a few minutes. It is discovered that a wealthy tenant of an adjacent motel, Bradbury, bears a resemblance to the murdered man, and in order to set him up as a decoy, Doyle suggests the Bradbury spread the word he is leaving for his home the next day. That night, the real killer,Pat Orvello, sneaks into Bradbury's room to rob him, but is... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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NIGHT TURNS TO TERROR as transient killer stalks vicious path to Murder! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Target See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bill Elliott's last film. KAS See more »

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The murder victim says he saved his $100k by working & never getting married but he clearly has a wedding ring on his left hand. Actor Robert Shayne obviously forgot to take it off. See more »

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Follows Sudden Danger (1955) See more »

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You'll be entertained
14 September 2018 | by markwood272See all my reviews

Saw via YouTube 9/13/2018. Just about the best-looking print ever seen on YouTube - picture and sound clearer than many a movie done years later.

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives played by oater icon Bill Elliott and "Asphalt Jungle"'s Don Haggerty right away believe they know who killed Fred Horner (played in flashback by "Superman"'s Robert Shayne). They zero in on Henry Johnson (Douglas Dick), Horner's neighbor who is also a shakily recovering gambler permanently engaged to Mary Raiken (the beautiful Eleanor Tanin).

But Elliott's Lt. Doyle senses they've jumped to a conclusion - they've missed something. And so the plot changes, even if it doesn't quite "thicken" in an entirely convincing way.

Famous for his work in westerns, Elliott's amiably slow, drawling performance as a cop was something that I found very realistic and believable. I think people in his line of work were probably more like him than SFPD's Frank Bullitt or Harry Callahan. Loved the location shots (presented as West Hollywood and maybe they were), the script not quite so much. Still, I spent a very entertaining 62 minutes watching "Footsteps in the Night." I could not have asked for more than that.


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