Three Steps in the Dark DVD
No of discs: 1. Black & White. Year: 1953. Mystery.
Running Time: approx 57 mins.
Director: Daniel Birt. Cast: Greta Gynt, Hugh Sinclair, Sarah Lawson, Elwyn Brook-Jones, John Van Eyssen, Nicholas Hannen, Hélène Cordet, Alastair Hunter and Katie Johnson.
Special Features: Trailer.
One of the ‘75 Most Wanted’ films listed by the British Film Institute as ‘Missing, believed lost,’ which has now been painstakingly restored. At a lonely country house, a cantankerous old patriarch calls his family together to make changes to his will, following which he is murdered. The film features the first cinema performance of the French television actress Helen Cordet. Katie Johnson, known as the elderly heroine of Ealing’s The Ladykillers, appears in a minor role.
“A ‘whodunnit’ based on the traditional formula of the rich but intensely disliked uncle who, having staged a family reunion, informs them that he is going to alter his will. He is murdered before he can complete this operation, and, with a good selection of red herrings, we plod towards the revelation of the killer… detective story novelist niece Sophy finally solves the mystery.”
Monthly Film Bulletin (1953)