From Powerhouse Films, comes the limited Blu-ray edition release of director Arthur Lubin’s classic suspense film, Footsteps in the Fog, starring Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons.
In fogbound Edwardian London, handsome, ruthless Stephen Lowry (Stewart Granger) murders his hateful wife. But unbeknown to him, scheming, ambitious eyes are watching. They belong to maid Lily Watkins (Jean Simmons), who uses her knowledge of his crime to blackmail him into making her his housekeeper. But even this is not sufficient. Soon, it is clear that Lily will force Lowry to marry her if he is weak enough. So he plans another murder. And waits for a foggy night…
Real-life couple Granger and Simmons returned to the UK to make this throwback to the thrillers of the 1930s. Granger is on entertainingly cruel form, but Simmons wins their acting duel as the minx of a maid who blackmails him. The excellent Technicolor photography from Powell and Pressburger cinematographer Chritopher Challis, and solid cat-and-mouse suspense make this a true classic of the genre.
Director Arthur Lubin is probably best known for Universal’s hit film series about Francis the Talking Mule and the iconic 1960s TV show, Mr Ed. This was the third film that Granger and Simmons appeared in together, the others being Adam and Evelyne (1949) and Young Bess (1953). They divorced in 1960. Look out for Bill Travers and William Hartnell who are also involved in the murky plot.
The Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray from Powerhouse Films is out on 30 July and includes the following special features…
• High Definition re-master from Sony, including the original mono audio
• The Guardian Interview with Stewart Granger (1990)
• Belinda, Goddess of Devon (2018, 27 mins): appreciation by film historian Steve Chibnall on actress Belinda Lee, who tragically died aged 25 in a car accident in 1961.
• Something in the Air (2018, 27 mins): BFI curator Josephine Botting explores cinema’s fascination with post-Victorian England
• Gothic Imprints (2018, 17 mins): Diabolique’s Kat Ellinger explores the film’s Gothic origins
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery
• New and improved English subtitles
• Collector’s booklet featuring a wealth of new and archive material