Take One False Step

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Take One False Step
Take one false step 1949 poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chester Erskine
Produced by Chester Erskine
Screenplay by Chester Erskine
Irwin Shaw
Based on the story Night Call 
by David Shaw
Irwin Shaw
Starring William Powell
Shelley Winters
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography Franz Planer
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Universal International
Distributed by Universal International
Release dates
  • June 3, 1949 (1949-06-03) (United States)
  • June 22, 1949 (1949-06-22) (New York City, New York)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Take One False Step is a 1949 film noir mystery film directed by Chester Erskine starring William Powell and Shelley Winters.[1]


A married college professor agrees to have a drink with an old girlfriend; the next day he's being hunted for her murder.



Critical response[edit]

The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, panned the film and also gave the producers some advice. He wrote, "Something of the same drollery that was displayed by William Powell in his saturnine performance of Nick Charles in the Thin Man films is flashed by him on a few occasions in the Rivoli's new Take One False Step, a curiously mixed-up mystery picture which Chester Erskine produced, directed and helped to write. But for the most part our erstwhile detective and comedian is forced to play a role of rather painful proportions with forbidding austerity in this film ... a little more of Miss Winters—as an active participant, that is—might have rendered a rather drab picture more decorative, at least."[2]


  1. ^ Take One False Step at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, June 23, 1949. Accessed: July 31, 2013.

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