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Footsteps in the Dark (1941)





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Footsteps in the Dark is a comedy/mystery, starring Errol Flynn as a wealthy investment counselor who secretly doubles as a dilettante detective, the better to write mystery novels. Brenda Marshall plays his wife, who can't understand why he is never home and begins to suspect hanky-panky. In fact, Flynn is investigating the murders of a jewelry smuggler and an exotic dancer. The trail of evidence leads to the Least Likely Suspect -- portrayed, as is often the case, by an actor who's always the one who "did it" in murder mysteries. Not nearly as funny a film as the producers seem to think it is, Footsteps in the Dark is an obvious attempt by Warner Bros. to create a "Nick and Nora Charles" team, in emulation of MGM's popular Thin Man series. Footsteps ends with wife Marshall vowing to join hubby Flynn in his next murder mystery, leaving the door wide open for a sequel...which was never filmed.
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Errol Flynn
as Francis Warren
Brenda Marshall
as Rita Warren
Ralph Bellamy
as Dr. Davis
Lee Patrick
as Blondie White
Alan Hale
as Insp. Mason
Allen Jenkins
as Wilfred
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Archer
Roscoe Karns
as Monahan
Grant Mitchell
as Carruthers
Maris Wrixon
as June Brewster
Noel Madison
as Fissue
Jack LaRue
as Ace Vernon
Turhan Bey
as Ahmed
Garry Owen
as Jackson
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Belgarde
Frank Wilcox
as Harrow
Olaf Hytten
as Horace
Harry Hayden
as Willis
John Dilson
as Coroner
Winifred Harris
as Miss Perry
David Newell
as June Brewster's Escort
William Hopper
as Police Secretary
Betty Farrington
as Mrs. Jenkins
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Critic Reviews for Footsteps in the Dark

All Critics (2)

Endearing little mystery comedy has charm.

Full Review… | November 30, 2015
Classic Film and Television

Can you imagine Errol Flynn in a light comedy/suspense story, wearing a suit and a tie?

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Footsteps in the Dark

Errol has a good time in this light hearted(and headed) mystery. Nothing special but breezy with what seems to be the entire Warners stock company along for the ride.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Footsteps in the Dark (1941) -- [5.5] -- This light-hearted murder mystery isn't likely to stick in your memory, but should satisfy Errol Flynn fans well enough. Flynn plays an author who writes under a secret identity -- so secret even his wife and mother don't realize it is he who is responsible for a scandalous novel that has recently put polite society up in arms. As life imitates art, Flynn finds himself embroiled in a real-life murder mystery, all while holding the police and his family at bay. My favorite scene is one where Flynn sneaks through the bedroom window at three in the morning and lies to his half-asleep wife about what time it is. He says 'midnight' just before a grandfather clock chimes three times. Desperate not to upset her, he dares to mimic nine more clock chimes. The supporting cast features Flynn regular Alan Hale, Ralph Bellamy, and "I Love Lucy" co-star William Frawley as a bungling cop.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

Footsteps in the Dark (1941) Errol Flynn was the Charlie Sheen of the 1940s and 50s. His fun-loving boyish charm had women eating out of his hand, despite him getting into some romantic troubles. This comedy shows off Flynn's charm and comedy chops better than ever. Francis Warren (Flynn) is a high society stock broker with a beautiful wife, Rita (Brenda Marshall) and live-in Mother-in-law, Agatha Archer (Lucile Watson). But Francis has a double life. He is an author, using the pen-name F.X. Penttijohn, and writes pulp murder mysteries, and hangs out with the Police Inspector Charles Mason (Alan Hale) and Detective 'Hoppy' Hopkins (William Frawley). Francis trades barbs with the police detectives, but also gets some great ideas for future books. He challenges them that he can solve their crimes better than they can. His chauffeur/side-kick/typist, Wilfred (Alan Jenkins) helps him sneak back into his bedroom window at late-nights. Francis's Wife and Mother-in-law are trying to find this author to sue him for writing about their high society friends in his books. Also a jewel smuggler shows up at Francis's office, threatening to expose him as Penttijohn, if he doesn't launder money for diamonds for him. When the smuggler winds up murdered, he has several reasons to find his murderer. Francis throws on the charm to Rita and Agatha, but his story is beginning to unravel to the suspicious women. He's also trying to get close to a murder suspect, a burlesque dancer, Blondie White (Lee Patrick) by acting like a rich Texan.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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