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Footsteps In The Fog [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Bill Travers, William Hartnell, Finlay Currie
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KRVHTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stewart Granger is the recently widowed Londoner Stephen Lowry in this lovely little Victorian Noir. His housemaid Lily (played by Jean Simmons) confronts Lowry with the knowledge that the former Mrs. Lowry was poisoned, securing herself a better position among the household staff, and eventually, in Lowry’s arms. Eventually, the threat of blackmail is too much for Lowry, and both he and Lily struggle to gain the control of the situation — with fatal results.

Synopsis

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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 17 May 2010
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One of the very best of British suspense thrillers to come out of the 1950s - full of high drama, and unusually for Britain of the time; made in glorious colour! A great movie, starring the late Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger - both in fine form.

A housemaid (Simmons) who's in love with her master, discovers a secret about her employer that may just tip the balance of love in her favour. A most clever young woman who's up against many odds, but manages to turn events about, and all in the name of love - but not for material gain as her actions may imply. Likewise, and even cleverer still; her master (Granger) uses the situation to turn things about yet again, but several key events backfire on both as each attempt to outwit the other in order to get what each of them wants.

This is an exceptionally high-quality drama, using both cunning, deceit and the fierceness of unrequited love to score points in a most unique suspense thriller.

Great stuff!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2010
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What a remarkable movie this is. Hard-edged, cynical and totally lacking in sentimentality. The stars are most impressive and the direction puts the film way up there with Gaslight ( the superior English version). An excellent print - lovingly transferred - and a solid audio track too! Although perhaps showing its "stage" origins, it is none the less an most enjoyable and surprisingly powerful victorian romp. It won't disappoint.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2010
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Quite an unexpected film, with a twist at the end. A good cast, excellent acting and a good story from the beginning. When Stewart Granger's character murders his wife, little does he expect the series of events that will happen, as his calculating and cunning servant desperately tries to get her man. She worships him and devotes herself to him, but, in return, he attempts to murder her, only to find he bludgeon's the wrong woman. Yet again, the faithful servant - now his housekeeper - saves him, this time from the gallows. Yet again, he desperately tries to rid himself of the lower-class girl, who has become a thorn in his side. I never expected the conclusion to be quite so ......... No, that would spoil it for you!

Certainly, a story that has murder and cunning, but a sad tinge to its entire plot and certainly that conclusion.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Green on 15 May 2012
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It has been at least 30 years since I last saw this gem, but I remembered how good I thought it was at the time. I was not disappointed! It remains a really good film that gets into the plot within 5 minutes of beginning. My 23 year old daughter, who is a harsh critic of films, watched it with me and was also impressed, especially by the storyline and the atmospheric cinematography commencing with a monsoon-like opening sequence at a funeral. I have no hesitation in recommending it highly, and have already done so to cinema-loving friends.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Cromby on 10 Dec. 2010
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This should have been a huge hit at the time of release. Very good performances from Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons in the lead roles.

Stewart Granger murders his wife in turn-of-the-century London. He is discovered by maid Simmons, who has always secretly loved him. She blackmails her way into the housekeeper position, and Granger decides he has to kill her too. Pursuing her in the fog, he mistakes someone else for her and kills a stranger. Arrested and put on trial, Granger is saved from the gallows by testimony from Simmons, who then tightens her psychological grip on him.

This is a very good film and should have received higher acclaim. The transfer to DVD is a good one. The twist at the end will only enhance your appreciation of a fine movie. If your viewing these reviews without previously having seen the film, take a chance and buy it - you'll be pleasantly surprised. The only extra is the cinematic trailer. Maybe one day this will re-released on blu ray with many production extras.
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Rather lush and interestingly directed by Arthur Lubin (couple of Dutch angles, scarlet and deep blue colours, ominous staircase and moments of foggy tension) melodrama in the Victorian fashion with Jean and Stewart enjoying it and not hamming it up too much. Part of the interest is seeing the luminous beauty of doomed starlet Belinda Lee with her cheekbones and perfect smile. You could try for a daft Marxist-feminist interpretation of the class and gender issues, but settle applauding the sub-90 minute rule: it's never dull and has a very decent plot from the W.W. 'Monkey's Paw' Jacobs short story. Victor Maddern, William Hartnell and Finlay Currie add to the classic Shepperton crew.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2011
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After poisoning his wife and getting away with it, a man (Stewart Granger) is blackmailed by the household's drab little maid (Jean Simmons) who's discovered his secret. Then it becomes a deadly cat and mouse game as she becomes more and more controlling as he falls in love with another woman (Belinda Lee). Will he attempt another murder to break free from her clutches? Or will she outwit him and keep him under her thumb? All kinds of wicked twists and turns occur as they play a deadly game. This neat little atmospheric (gas lit street lamps, thick fog) thriller set in Victorian London was directed by Arthur Lubin who's never shown a particular talent for suspense before. He's best known for a series of Abbott & Costello movies like BUCK PRIVATES and the FRANCIS, the talking mule movies. Who knew he had it in him to direct a top notch nail biter like this? Granger, who usually played the stalwart hero, and Simmons, normally a great beauty, must have relished the opportunity to play against type. Benjamin Frankel (NIGHT OF THE IGUANA) did the excellent score and Christopher Challis (TWO FOR THE ROAD) did the elegant Technicolor cinematography. With Bill Travers, Finlay Currie and Marjorie Rhodes.

The Sony DVD (from England) is a very nice, colorful transfer in its original aspect ratio of about 1.77.
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