Rent Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

3.7 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 26min
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Synopsis:
Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons star in this compelling thriller set in the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London. As he buries his wife in a rain-soaked London churchyard, Stephen Lowry thinks he has committed the perfect murder. He's wrong. His quick-witted young maid Lily knows that he secretly poisoned his wife - and she has the proof. Now, as the price of her silence, she wants her mistresses' jewels, her mistresses' fine dresses and - most of all - her master himself.
Can Stephen give Lily the love she craves? Can she trust a man who has already murdered once? As Stephen begins to court another woman, the thick London fog suddenly echoes to the cries of 'murder!' Featuring real life husband and wife Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons at the height of their international stardom, 'Footsteps in the Fog' is a first rate murder thriller with shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very last moments.
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Directors:
Producers:
M.J. Frankovich, Maxwell Setton
Writers:
Dorothy Davenport, Lenore J. Coffee
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/05/2010
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/07/2018
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.75:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview with Stewart Granger (1990, 69 mins): archival audio recording of a spellbinding one-man show in which the great Hollywood star discusses his career at London's National Film Theatre
  • Belinda, Goddess of Devon (2018, 27 mins): a new appreciation of tragic star Belinda Lee by Professor Steve Chibnall, author of British Horror Cinema
  • Something in the Air (2018, 27 mins): film expert and BFI curator Josephine Botting explores cinema's fascination with post-Victorian England
  • Gothic Imprints (2018, 17 mins): Diabolique magazine's editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger explores the film's Gothic origins
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
  • World premiere on Blu-ray

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Reviews (1) of Footsteps in the Fog

Spoilers follow ... - Footsteps in the Fog review by NP

Spoiler Alert
04/05/2017

When grief-stricken Stephen Lowry (Stewart Grainger) faces life alone after burying his wife, our heart goes out to him. Rarely has a house looked so sumptuously forlorn and bleak, cold and kissed by the rain’s cold embrace. A theatrical statement it’s true, but fittingly so, because this is an epic matinee from Columbia; a huge, star-stuffed extravaganza. Our sympathy lessens when Lowry (a) kicks his cat and almost as bad, (b) is found to have poisoned his dear departed, causing her demise.

Wily, picked-on maid Lily Watkins (Jean Simmons) uses her knowledge of this to gain career momentum within the house. The inappropriately jovial behaviour of the court where Lowry faces a trial for murder notwithstanding, he and Watkins appear to share a curious connection – she is quite the most sympathetic and appealing blackmailer portrayed in a film, and it is understandable she and Lowry strike up a believable relationship: they have both met their match. The two leads are excellent throughout, with a very subtle ‘knowing’ performance from Grainger; backed up by an excellent cast including Victor Maddern, Bill Travers, Peter Bull and the original Doctor Who, William Hartnell.

A dark-humoured exercise in dealing and double dealing, of macabre machinations and sinister goings-on behind closed doors – and all wrapped up in lavish atmospherics of swirling winds, pea-soupers and other such horror trappings. Rarely have they looked so good.

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