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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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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. The rope is for opening and closing the skylight. 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 »


Calico: You can say what you like to me but you can't change me, and you can't hurt me. I've no pride where you're concerned and I don't give up easily. Remember, I come from a slum. From the gutter where it's quite a step up even to the pavement. I never had a home. I never had a father my mother could put a name to. I never had a thing. Until one day I found that I was attractive to the opposite sex. I discovered my legs weren't made just to stand on. I had one talent. Most people haven't got any. So...
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Tread Softly Stranger
Written by Richard Rowe (uncredited) and Jack Fishman (uncredited)
Sung by Jim Dale
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good thriller
16 March 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The stunningly beautiful Diana Dors gets involved with two brothers in "Tread Softly Stranger," a 1958 British 'B' movie. It's on a set of six films called "British Cinema," and it's by far the best of the lot.

Dors is Calico, a real slut, albeit a gorgeous one, who is hanging out with a nerdy office worker, Dave Mansell (Terence Mansell), an accountant in a nearby factory. Then his brother Johnny (George Baker), a handsome con man running away from a bad debt, comes to town. Calico quickly switches allegiance, but keeps her options open. When Johnny finds out that Dave is 300 pounds short in the accounts because of embezzling to buy Calico gifts, he decides to hock the watch Dave gave Calico, add his own money to it, and gamble on a sure thing. With an impending audit coming up, there isn't much time to replace the money.

Unfortunately, Calico has another idea. While Johnny is at the race track and winning, Calico convinces Dave that Johnny isn't coming back and insists that he just rob the factory of all its money - that way, the shortfall won't show up. She promises Dave that if he does it, she will go away with him. Turns into a real mess.

This is a very suspenseful story, very dark and loaded with atmosphere. One gets the feeling of a small, crummy factory town. The acting is good; Dors is a knockout. Definitely work seeing.

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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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