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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Crime | 8 March 1941 (USA)
A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.

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A high-society gent has a secret life - he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police attempting to solve crimes. This causes him no end of problems when his wife wants to know about his little disappearances and exceptionally late nights out. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Pasos en la oscuridad  »

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"The Maltese Falcon" statuette from the 1931 version of the Dashiell Hammett mystery can be seen in Alan Hale's office. Both the statue and co-star Lee Patrick would soon appear in the classic second remake later than year. See more »

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Shadow of boom mike visible when Francis and his wife are in front of their closet when he tries to get her to leave before the police arrive. See more »

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Police Insp. Charles M. Mason: [Showing Francis the clue of a woman's broken high heel] What do you make of this, my omniscient friend?
Francis Monroe Warren II: Why don't you see a fortune teller?
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References The Maltese Falcon (1931) See more »

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Up the Chimney Go My Dreams
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Music by Ray Henderson
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Mystery starring Errol Flynn
5 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Footsteps in the Dark" is a 1941 film briskly directed by Lloyd Bacon. It stars Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale, Lee Patrick, Lucille Watson, Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins, William Frawley, and Turhan Bey.

Flynn plays an investment broker leading a double life as a mystery writer, the author of a book called "Footsteps in the Dark." Only his chauffeur knows the truth. When he becomes involved in a real-life murder, his situation starts to create havoc at home.

This is a pretty good mystery story, though one can figure it out fairly quickly, and it's enlivened by a wonderful cast. Flynn is delightful and funny, particularly when he's disguised as a Texas oil man, Tex. The unusual-looking Marshall is his frustrated wife and does a fine job, as does the tart-tongued Lucille Watson as his suspicious mother-in-law. Turhan Bey has a small part as a houseman, and he's very exotic. Hale and Frawley are the bumbling police.

All in all, good fun, and a nice departure for Flynn.


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