Footsteps in the Fog
|Footsteps in the Fog|
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||M. J. Frankovich
|Written by||W. W. Jacobs (short story)
Lenore J. Coffee
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Edited by||Alan Osbiston|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||552,430 admissions (France)|
Footsteps in the Fog is a 1955 British crime film starring Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, with a screenplay co-written by Lenore Coffee and Dorothy Davenport, and released by Columbia Pictures. The film is based on the short story "The Interruption" by W. W. Jacobs.
After poisoning his wife, the master of the house (Stewart Granger) is blackmailed by his Cockney maid Lily Watkins (Jean Simmons), who demands promotion. As she steadily takes the place of his dead wife, he again attempts murder. While attempting to murder Lily, by following someone who looked like her through the fog, he mistakenly kills Constable Burke's wife and gets chased by an angry mob, which he evades. Lily returns home and Stephen learns of his mistake. Some local bar goers saw him murder Mrs Burke and Stephen is put on trial, but their claims are dismissed after it is revealed they drink a lot and Lily lies to provide an alibi.
Stephen now wishes to remarry and decides to finally rid himself of the maid. He feigns illness and sends the maid to fetch the doctor. She says she will return urgently with the doctor within five minutes. He calculates this will be enough time for himself to frame the maid by drinking the poison that he used to kill his own wife and planting it and his wife's jewelry in the maid's room.
Lily is, however, detained by the police as a "tell-all" letter she has written to her sister, to safeguard herself after the master's failed plot to kill her surfaces.
The master's plan does not work as Lily returns too late and the doctor declares it is too late to save him. Lily pieces together the situation realising that Stephen never loved her, then is arrested by police at the scene.
- Stewart Granger as Stephen Lowry
- Jean Simmons as Lily Watkins
- Bill Travers as David MacDonald
- Belinda Lee as Elizabeth Travers
- Ronald Squire as Alfred Travers
- Finlay Currie as Inspector Peters
- William Hartnell as Herbert Moresby
- Frederick Leister as Dr. Simpson
- Percy Marmont as Magistrate
- Marjorie Rhodes as Mrs. Park
- Peter Bull as Brasher
- Barry Keegan as Constable Burke
- Sheila Manahan as Rose Moresby
- Norman Macowan as Grimes
- Cameron Hall as Corcoran
- Victor Maddern as Jones
- Arthur Howard as Vicar
- Erik Chitty as Hedges
Granger and Simmons were a married couple at the time, "and their scenes together are perversely touching, even as they seek to outwit each another. Simmons delivers another superb performance as one of the most sweetly innocent femme fatales of the big screen, recalling her role in Angel Face.
The scene where she switches from victim to ruthless avenger when she usurps the power of the loathed housekeeper is brilliantly played." (Alex Davidson B.F.I. British Film Institute). It was the third and final time that Simmons and Granger starred together – after Adam and Evelyne and Young Bess.
- Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
- "Footsteps in the Fog – Screenplay Info". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Moviemail Catalogue November 2008.