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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

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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This five-film series of detective movies used Nash automobiles in the first four films. In 1957 American Motors Corp. made its Rambler a separate marque and began a phase-out of its Nash and Packard models. In this film the Nash automobiles were replaced by Fords. See more »

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Follows Calling Homicide (1956) See more »

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The "Peaceable Man's" Final Film
22 November 2018 | by Henchman_Number1See all my reviews

In his last screen appearance Western star Bill Elliott loses the cowboy boots and goes out with his Florshiems on as Los Angeles Homicide Lieutenant Andy Doyle in this contemporary police drama. Doyle and his partner Sgt. Mike Duncan (Don Haggerty) are called to the scene when an apparently well liked retiree (Robert Shayne) is found murdered on the floor of his neighbor Henry Johnson's (Douglas Dick) Hollywood bungalow. Fearing he will be set up for a murder rap, Johnson flees the scene with Doyle and Duncan not far behind.

After the Monogram Pictures unit of Allied Artists was shutdown in 1953, the decision was made to discontinue production of Western films. To fulfill his contractual obligation to the studio Elliott appeared in a series of five crime dramas beginning with 'Dial Red O' in 1955. 'Footsteps in the Night', was helmed by prolific director Jean Yarbrough ( Abbott and Costello, Bowery Boys). Yarbrough was known for bringing films in quickly, competently and on budget, which is exactly what he does with this film. Yarbrough seemed to have a near religious like conviction that no movie should extend beyond 75 minutes.

'Footsteps' is the last entry in the Bill Elliot detective series and a pretty decent B crime flick. Definitely lower budget, it has the feel of an elongated television episode. Complete with campy but cool 1950's jazzy soundtrack and several exterior location shots, it makes this crime quickie worth a look.


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