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Tread Softly Stranger [1958] [DVD]

Diana Dors , George Baker , Gordon Parry    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Diana Dors, George Baker
  • Directors: Gordon Parry
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015A12TW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Crime drama with Diana Dors and George Baker. Set in the North of England this atmospheric crime thriller stars Diana Dors as the sexy vamp Calico, who is the girlfriend of Dave (Terence Morgan). When Dave s better looking brother Johnny (George Baker) arrives from London to escape his gambling debts, the heat soon rises when Johnny and Calico are attracted to each other. She persuades the brothers to rob the wages safe where Dave works, but as they break in, a night watchman discovers them...


This is a good little crime thriller, set "up north", with Diana Dors playing the sexy vamp (or is that tramp?) girlfriend, Calico, of Terence Morgan's staid little office worker, Dave. Things heat up when his shady, and much better-looking, brother Johnny, played by George Baker, arrives from London on the run from "the boys", and there is an instant attraction between him and Calico. She hatches a plan to get the two brothers to rob the safe where her boyfriend works, and that's when things begin to take off. Calico is a hostess in a club/dance-hall/dive, similar to today's hostesses' in lap/pole/table dancing clubs but minus the nudity!

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Dors classic - on DVD at long last! 27 Aug 2008
George Minter put the making of this British classic on hold for several months until Diana Dors was free and we can see why! He was so determined to get her - she'd been tied up in a previous contract for films at the time and so had not been available for several months. She gets top billing in this - and no wonder!

Dors plays a good time girl who's bent on getting the guy with the money to go with it! Hypnotised by her beauty, 'Dave' (Terence Morgan) is blinded by the fact that she's not in love with him, and is persuaded to do a robbery, but all goes wrong and everything backfires...

There's plenty of tense moments and lots of suspense in this crime thriller, with one or two 'twists' thrown in for good measure!

This has been a dreadfully long time coming out on DVD, but has been well worth the wait since this has been lovingly re-mastered to an exceptionally high quality.

Also stars; Patrick Allen, George Baker and Jane Griffiths.

The title song was recorded by Jim Dale.

Fabulous movie!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GENUINE ARTICLE........................... 27 Sep 2008
By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
This is a classic British thriller from 1958. Diana Dors is stunning as the sex siren who drives a rift between two brothers without realising that she cannot have everything she wants. What she wants is George Baker, but she is already involved somewhat one sidedly with his brother.
The weaker brother, Dave, has robbed his employer and hits the panic button when he hears the auditors are on their way. Diana persuades him to rob the safe to get himself out of the pickle.
It is never that simple.
This is a stunning kitchen sink film noire. A serious drama, it has an intensity second to none. The scenery is bland and atmospheric and provides an excellent backdrop to this outstanding film.
It was lovely to see a young Patrick Allen.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, quite a good print 1 Jun 2008
By Robert
At long last this British classic comes to DVD! Very realistic crime drama with never a dull moment and fine acting. The DVD itself from Odeon Entertainment is good quality, apart from a few light scratches here and there on their master. The only time this really effects the film is about half way through it where a line appears right down the middle of the picture. Luckily this only lasts for a minute or two but nevertheless is still annoying. Why didn't they have the master tape cleaned?
Anyway, the DVD is definetely worth the money with such a good price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Femme fatale in Rotherham 9 April 2010
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I was too young to appreciate the sexiness of Diana Dors in her prime. Luckily there are a few films on DVD to let us see just how seductive she could be. This is certainly one of them.

The film begins with one brother (George Baker) on the run, in debt, from the type of bookies who break your legs if you don't pay up. He goes to his brother. This brother (Terence Morgan) just happens to be fiddling his firm's books to pay for all the money he is spending on Calico - what a wonderful name - played by Diana Dors. Sure enough, Calico seduces Baker, and comes up with a plan for Morgan to rob his employer. - It all goes horribly wrong of course.

Dors really is sizzling in this, even though she isn't actually on screen for that much time. The first view we have of her is bending over, in tight shorts, on an outside terrace. Her acting is top notch too.

The story builds up a good degree of tension; we don't know actually how this is all going to end. And all this is set against the background of an industrial town in the North of England. There is a good deal of location filming and the story is enacted against a backcloth of steelworks, smog, factory chimneys, and railways (some wonderful shots of steam locos for railway enthusiasts). It came as no great surprise to see that the cinematogapher was the great Douglas Slocombe, who can make the most mundane of settings look magical.

We get a good story, well acted, here.

But we also get a view of a time when our great Northern towns and cities were real, working, places, alive with industry (there are great shots filmed right inside the steelworks, and the network of railway lines feeding it), where people clock in to work, live in tiny rooms, and the roads are as yet unclogged by traffic.

The transfer and picture quality are generally good.

A strong recommendation for this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film noire 2 Aug 2009
By nell
Tread Softly Stranger - a terrific film noire set in the 1950,s. with great performances for Diana Dors and George Baker. This film has an added bonus for me since it was set in Rotherham and district, where I was born and brought up. Both Dors and Baker mention the film and making of it in their autobigraphies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The unforgettable Diana Dors 8 Jan 2012
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What a collector's item this will make for any Diana Dors fans.

A fantastic great quality film and well worth the watch.

Great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Film Noir 8 Aug 2010
What a great movie! Diana Dors is the vamp in this 50s thriller set in a northern English town who puts between two brothers & forces them into crime due to her demands-real tension filled thriller-Dors taking her earings off is sexier than any present day actress stripping off completely-you will enjoy.This is up there with some of the best American film noirs of the 50s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER - CLASSIC FILM 9 Jun 2010
This is a classic British film from the Fifties, with a great cast. The acting can't be faulted. Diana Dors was well sexy, and beautiful; a true star and much missed.

It's shot on location which really adds to the atmosphere.

Calico (Diana Dors) and Dave (Terence Morgan) are doing alright until Dave's brother(George Baker)arrives, trying to escape his gambling debts. Tensions between all of them start to rise, and in the quest for money, a plot is hatched, which goes wrong. The twist at the end is superb.

I was very pleased with the dvd and package itself. It comes with a pamphlet inside called Crime Notes which gives very interesting information on the main actors and actress. Amazon were very good indeed - I received the dvd within 3 days.

The only thing I don't approve of is that the cover-picture has quite clearly been altered to get rid of the fact that Diana Dors was holding a glass in her right hand, and George Baker was holding a cigarette!! It's this tiresome "Health and Safety" gone mad again.

I'd now like to see "Passport to Shame" released on dvd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The old are ones the best.
The old ones are the best as this 1958 film proves. Great acting with an unsuspected twist in the story line. Filmed in the northern town of Rotherham.
Published 3 months ago by wobbly duck
5.0 out of 5 stars my mum bought this
my mum loved this film i dont know what its about as ive never watched it but my parents loved it
Published 15 months ago by daniel jones.
4.0 out of 5 stars b-plus movie
well connected script throughout,decent effort from cast-especially George Baker,who carries the movie with aplomb,
60/40 entertainmen/realism... Read more
Published 16 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime with Northern atmosphere
A really good crime film about the North of England. The factory scenes are atmospheric especially in the forge shop. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Terence A. Killick
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much
Tread Softly Stranger sounds a hell of a lot more interesting than it actually is. The story of bad boy Johnny (a young and handsome George Baker, 30 years before he became the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Anthony Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if you keep your expectations modest
Not a particularly original heist/noir combo from Great Britain but quite enjoyable if your expectations are modest. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by The CinemaScope Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tread Softly Stranger', is an excellent film.
'Tread Softly Stranger', is an excellent film. Diana Dors is as always, a firtst-class cinema actress.
Published on 3 May 2010 by Robert Green
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