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Take One False Step (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 August 1949 (USA)
During a conference-trip to L.A., an academic runs into an old-flame and into trouble with the police when she disappears, presumed murdered.

Director:

Chester Erskine

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screenplay by), Chester Erskine (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Andrew Gentling
Shelley Winters ... Catherine Sykes
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Wier
Dorothy Hart ... Helen Gentling
James Gleason ... Gledhill
Felix Bressart ... Professor Morris Avrum
Art Baker ... Henry Pritchard
Sheldon Leonard ... Pacciano
Howard Freeman ... Dr. Markheim
Houseley Stevenson ... Thatcher
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Arnspiger
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Doctor Watson
Jess Barker ... Arnold Sykes
Mikel Conrad ... Freddie
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Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Passo em Falso See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Slowly I Turn
4 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

William Powell is in town raising money for a new college. He runs into Shelley Winters, one of his girlfriends during the War. She invites hi to a party, but finds it pretty sparse. Winters comes on to him, hinting at an unhappy marriage. Powell rejects her, since his marriage is happy. The next morning, Miss WInters is reported as missing. Powell goes to her house to recover a scarf he left. He is bitten by a dog. Evidence points at Miss Winters being in San Francisco. Powell goes, soon to be pursued by cops James Gleason and Sheldon Leonard. Also, the dog is reported as rabid.

This movie plays like a mash-up of THE 39 STEPS and D.O.A., with director Chester Erskine larding on the dark atmosphere increasingly as the movie progresses. Unfortunately, there is no humor in the script, nor any clear reason why Powell would not go to the police at any point. The result is a slow movie that does no one's career any good.


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