Footsteps in the Fog

Overview

Footsteps in the Fog is a cat-and-mouse Victorian melodrama in the grand tradition. Jean Simmons plays scheming servant girl Lily Watkins, who was hired by sinister nobleman Stephen Lowry Stewart Granger and his ailing wife. The wife dies of "natural causes," but Lily knows better, and uses this knowledge to her advantage. In exchange for her silence, she forces Lowry to cater to her every whim. He is forced to go along lest he face the gallows, but in a switch reminiscent of the "lost" ending of 1987's Fatal ...
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Overview

Footsteps in the Fog is a cat-and-mouse Victorian melodrama in the grand tradition. Jean Simmons plays scheming servant girl Lily Watkins, who was hired by sinister nobleman Stephen Lowry Stewart Granger and his ailing wife. The wife dies of "natural causes," but Lily knows better, and uses this knowledge to her advantage. In exchange for her silence, she forces Lowry to cater to her every whim. He is forced to go along lest he face the gallows, but in a switch reminiscent of the "lost" ending of 1987's Fatal Attraction, he sees to it that Lily herself is carted away by the constabulary. Filmed in appropriately dank Technicolor, Footsteps in the Fog is an unusual foray into Gaslight territory for director Arthur Lubin, normally a comedy specialist.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Thrillers such as Footsteps in the Fog, which depend upon extremely intricate plotting, can be difficult to pull off: one misstep and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. Fortunately, Footsteps has an expertly crafted screenplay that is as sure of foot as they come. The twists and turns follow naturally, avoiding falling into the trap of being merely mechanical and becoming a puzzle in which the pieces all fit together but don't create a picture with real impact. Of course, a film is more than simply a screenplay, and Footsteps is fortunate to have both a fine director and a sterling cast. Arthur Lubin does a marvelous job of creating and maintaining tension and of giving the film the appropriate Victorian feel. He's a bit too leisurely with his pacing in a few instances, but otherwise his direction is just what is called for. Footsteps also benefits from an ideally cast Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons. Granger, who sometimes suffered from roles that were simply outside his range, is excellent playing the sly and superficial cad, and Simmons is a scheming delight. Add in some solid support from Bill Travers, Finlay Currie, and Ronald Squire, and the result is a first-rate murder mystery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396354814
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stewart Granger Stephen Lowry
Jean Simmons Lily Watkins
Bill Travers David MacDonald
Finlay Currie Inspector Peters
Ronald Squire Alfred Travers
Belinda Lee Elizabeth Travers
William Hartnell Herbert Moresby
Frederick Leister Dr. Simpson
Percy Marmont Magistrate
Marjorie Rhodes Mrs. Park
Peter Bull Brasher
Barry Keegan Constable Burke
Sheila Manahan Rose Moresby
Norman MacOwan Grimes
Cameron Hall Corcoran
Victor Maddern Jones
Peter Williams Constable Farrow
Peter Williams Constable Farrow
Arthur Howard Vicar
Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Leonore Coffee Screenwriter
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Frankel Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike J. Frankovich Producer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Osbigton Editor
Arthur Pierson Screenwriter
Dorothy Reid Screenwriter
Mexwell Seton Producer
Wilfred Shingleton Art Director
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