Review: ‘Footsteps in the Dark’

Errol Flynn becomes a detective book author and amateur Sherlock in Footsteps in the Dark, his first comedy in years. Not his best picture, this modest budgeter gives the star a chance to appear in a role different from his usual costume or military films. Lloyd Bacon's direction furnishes the film with plenty of suspense and hokey but socko absurdities.

Errol Flynn becomes a detective book author and amateur Sherlock in Footsteps in the Dark, his first comedy in years. Not his best picture, this modest budgeter gives the star a chance to appear in a role different from his usual costume or military films. Lloyd Bacon’s direction furnishes the film with plenty of suspense and hokey but socko absurdities.

Flynn is depicted as an investment banker, leading a double life as a writer under the nom-de-plume of F.X. Pettijohn. His search for story material takes him on nightly prowls which get him into hot water in his own home.

Flynn does well enough as the amateur Sherlock. It’s a role that calls for much action, with the plot [from a play by Laslo Fodor] centered about him in almost every scene. His portrayal indicates he could do better in future semi-comic roles, especially if given brighter material.

Footsteps in the Dark

Production

Warner/First National. Director Lloyd Bacon; Screenplay Lester Cole, John Wexley; Camera Ernie Haller; Editor Owen Marks; Music Frederick Hollander

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Errol Flynn Brenda Marshall Ralph Bellamy Alan Hale Lee Patrick Lucile Watson
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