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Charming and witty mystery story with banter between Flynn and whoever he's talking with.
William Frawley is too loud and too obnoxious for this film, which has a light comedic feel to it. Flynn bounces his way through his role of being an investment counselor by day and a detective by night.
Although it's too messy at the end, it's still a great film, despite not fitting the box that Flynn was expected to stay in. This movie shows that Flynn was capable of much more than simply being a swashbuckler. It's too bad his wit and charm were not more widely appreciated during these years when they were most apparent.
Lightweight comic mystery about Errol Flynn as a businessman who leads a double life as a mystery writer (from Texas) who gets caught up in a murder mystery while researching his latest book and ends up a prime suspect. There's nothing brilliant here, but the cast (Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Ralph Bellamy, and Alan Hale) is charming and that goes a long way.
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.
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.
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.
A fresh and funny Crime Comedy with Errol Flynn
A nice change of pace for Errol Flynn, and he does excellent. It's light and very entertaining, top notch cast with the supporting players particularly good. Suspenseful as well as amusing. Good fun.