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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 Russell Napier ... Potter
Norman MacOwan Norman MacOwan ... Danny (as Norman Mac Owan)
Maureen Delaney 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
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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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She Never Had a Chance!...No One Could Do What She Did - And Get Away With It! See more »


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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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Diana Dors Best Film
10 February 2013 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I consider that this title is the late Diana Dors best film and I have quite a few in my DVD collection.Produced in 1958 when she was at her peak she has a memorable scene when she recounts her lowly slum- like upbringing to George Baker of how she made her way "out of the gutter up onto the pavement".It reminded me of an Oscar Wilde quote by Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" "...some of us may be in the gutter but we are looking up at the stars".1958 was the year that the wonderful "A Night to Remember" was made and I spotted three actors from that film in "Tread Softly Stranger", namely Joseph Tomelty" (Joe Ryan) as Dr. O'Loughlin, Russell Napier (Potter) as Capt. Stanley Lord and Thomas Heathcote (Sgt. Lamb) as a 1st class smoking room steward.Diana was well supported by Terence Morgan and George Baker and I disagree with a previous reviewer, it did not have an Anglicized/American script - I checked the nationality of the two scriptwriters James George Minter/Denis O'Dell before writing this review.The film also had an authentic bleak northern industrial landscape.Remember also we have many Irish people working in our country.

When George Baker burnt the stolen money and flushed the embers down the sewer and disposed of the revolver I thought the brothers may have succeeded in their robbery, but of course the censor stepped in like they did in the 1950s to ensure we citizens kept on the straight and narrow.Overall I rated it excellent and it kept my interest all through and I rated it 8/10

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2 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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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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