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Tread Softly Stranger (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 2 September 1959 (USA)
An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death.


Gordon Parry


Jack Popplewell (based on the play by), George Minter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Dors ... Calico
George Baker ... Johnny Mansell
Terence Morgan ... Dave Mansell
Patrick Allen ... Paddy Ryan
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Sylvia
Joseph Tomelty ... Old Ryan
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant Lamb
Russell Napier ... Potter
Norman MacOwan Norman MacOwan ... Danny (as Norman Mac Owan)
Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Finnegan (as Maureen Delany)
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Flo
Chris Fay Chris Fay ... Eric Downs
Terry Baker Terry Baker ... Young Rough
Timothy Bateson ... Fletcher
John Salew John Salew ... Pawnbroker


An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death.

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based on play | See All (1) »


Alluring DORS as a Good Time Girl in a Suspense Packed Story of Love and Murder! See more »


Crime | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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As Johnny and Dave are escaping through the skylight after the robbery, a rope in the shape of a noose can be seen hanging from the ceiling. See more »


The robbery takes place at night and wouldn't have been discovered until the following morning, yet Johnny is reading a report of the robbery in the morning paper. See more »


[Johnny walks into the seedy lodging house where Dave rents a room]
Mrs. Finnegan: Yes?
Johnny Mansell: Dave Mansell here?
Mrs. Finnegan: He's not back yet.
Johnny Mansell: I'm his brother. Mind if I go up to his room and wait for him?
Mrs. Finnegan: You if you want to. There's nothing worth taking.
Johnny Mansell: Where is it?
Mrs. Finnegan: Top floor back. Turn right at the top of the stairs and follow your nose.
Johnny Mansell: Door locked?
Mrs. Finnegan: Why should it be. *I'm* here, aren't I?
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Tread Softly Stranger
Written by Richard Rowe (uncredited) and Jack Fishman (uncredited)
Sung by Jim Dale
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Those Mansell Brothers -- Fools For Love
19 April 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George Baker and Terrence Morgan play the Mansell Brothers about as different as brothers can get. Baker has gone to London where his gambling has put him in debt with some bad people. He decides to go home to his north of England factory town and hole up there for a bit.

Where he's reunited with his rather dull brother Morgan who is a bookkeeper in a factory. His life is enlivened by the presence of Diana Dors who is one high maintenance indulgence for him. But pretty soon she also has Baker's wheels spinning too.

Because she's so high maintenance Morgan is short in his accounts at the factory and an audit is coming. Baker's and Dors's solution is rob the place to cover the theft and incidentally pay off the nasty people Baker owes.

For all his worldliness Baker himself is no professional criminal so when the Mansell Brothers go out to steal everything goes wrong.

Diana Dors was the United Kingdom's answer to Marilyn Monroe. But Monroe even in her most voluptuous role in Niagara had nothing on Diana Dors in Tread Softly Stranger. One look at her you see why Baker and Morgan were goners.

Tread Softly Stranger is worth seeing for one sexy bundle from Britain named Diana Dors.

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Release Date:

2 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tentação e a Mulher See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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