Take One False Step (1949) 1080p YIFY Movie

Take One False Step (1949) 1080p

Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger.

IMDB: 6.40 Likes

  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.57G
  • Resolution: 1480*1080 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: English 2.0  
  • Run Time: 94
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 
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The Synopsis for Take One False Step (1949) 1080p

Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger.


The Director and Players for Take One False Step (1949) 1080p

[Director]Chester Erskine
[Role:]Marsha Hunt
[Role:]William Powell
[Role:]Shelley Winters


The Reviews for Take One False Step (1949) 1080p


Sloppy suspense vehicle can't even make up its mind whether to be ominous or cuteReviewed bybmacvVote: 5/10

Take One False Step takes too many of them. The jokey titles, of the coy sort that director Charles Erskine whisked into The Egg and I two years earlier, do not bode well; but they prove to be merely the first of the movie's faux pas. All the way through, the slovenly narrative and grating shifts of tone subvert what might have been a halfway decent suspense story.

Distinguished professor William Powell travels to Los Angeles to secure funding for a new college. The false step he takes is into a cocktail lounge, where he meets up with an old wartime flame, now unhappily married (Shelley Winters). They order martinis for old time's sake, a single for him, a double for her. But either the bartender or Erskine isn't paying close attention, because when the drinks arrive, in close-up, they're exactly the same size.

Later, in her cups, Winters causes a scene clinging to Powell, so he deserts her. Next morning, he reads the headlines that she's missing, presumed murdered, and that he's the prime suspect. And here the plot melts down into a hopeless muddle. Powell, with the help of Marsha Hunt (whose place in the mess goes unexplained) tries to solve Winters' disappearance. He finds that the boyfriend she kept on the side was involved, along with her husband, in some shady `syndicate' business which Erskine keeps so deep in the background that it's just a red herring. In the course of his snooping, Powell gets bitten by a dog that may be rabid and, the clock now ticking, heads to San Francisco for the final unraveling.

Along the way, Erskine jumbles together sequences which look and play like noir with others that are the worst kind of late-40s cutsey (absent-minded professors, a dithery doctor). And a good cast gets brusque treatment. The debonair but slightly raffish charm that made Powell such a hit in the Thin Man series looks a little shopworn (though the role of the lurching, drunken vixen works for Winters, a notoriously imprecise actress, and suits this very imprecise vehicle). James Gleason and Sheldon Leonard prove reliable as the pair of cops on Powell's tail, but they're still doing shtik. At the end, the coy comedy of the titles returns to trump the suspense. Take One False Step teems with gaffes and implausibilities; nobody even bothered to decide what kind of movie it was supposed to be. Small wonder it ended up being a lousy one.

A false stepReviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 4/10

'Take One False Step' should have been good. It was a nice idea for a story, the title and advertising were intriguing and the genres that 'Take One False Step' falls under has seen some of my favourite films. What was especially appetising though was the cast, it is hard to go wrong with talent such as William Powell, Shelley Winters and James Gleason.

So how could a film that had that much potential go wrong? Unfortunately 'Take One False Step' does go wrong, badly and it is always frustrating when a film has so much going for it yet the execution is the opposite of what it should have been. Not a terrible film by all means and not without redeeming merits, but this should have been so much better, the flaws are numerous and quite big and the film is hardly a high point in the filmographies of all involved.

Granted, 'Take One False Step' looks good, shot with a moody look and with a nice atmosphere. There are moments of tension and some nice noir tropes, with the film starting well.

James Gleason and Marsha Hunt liven things up, as amusing as Gleason is Hunt especially is very good and could have had more screen time.

For those good things, there are some serious shortcomings. William Powell is always watchable, but the role just doesn't play to his strengths and Powell is just workmanlike and not much more. Shelley Winters has a role that is well suited to her and it shows in her performance, the problems are that she is in the film nowhere near as much as her billing suggests (her screen time is pretty limited) and somehow she felt slightly out of place. As did Sheldon Leonard. The direction is not incompetent but it is uninspired and while the music is not distracting as such it is one that one doesn't remember a note of not long after the film is over.

Characters aren't sharp enough and the script lacks tautness and is a tonal muddle. A tonal muddle is a good way to describe the film too, it tries to do too much and incorporate too many elements, few of them done well and they just don't gel together, giving the sense of not just biting off more than it could chew but also that it was not sure what it wanted to be or do with itself. There is a general lack of suspense and there is a lot of absurd contrivance, implausibility and dumbness (in how the characters act as well as the story itself), making the storytelling confused and not easy to take seriously despite the genre it falls under.

Summarising, a film that takes a false step. Really wanted to like this so much more. 4/10 Bethany Cox

Slowly I TurnReviewed bybobliptonVote: 5/10

William Powell is in town raising money for a new college. He runs into Shelley Winters, one of his girlfriends during the War. She invites him to a party, but finds it pretty sparse. Winters comes on to him, hinting at an unhappy marriage. Powell rejects her, since his marriage is happy. The next morning, Miss Winters is reported as missing. Powell goes to her house to recover a scarf he left. He is bitten by a dog. Evidence points at Miss Winters being in San Francisco. Powell goes, soon to be pursued by cops James Gleason and Sheldon Leonard. Also, the dog is reported as rabid.

This movie plays like a mash-up of THE 39 STEPS and D.O.A., with director Chester Erskine larding on the dark atmosphere increasingly as the movie progresses. Unfortunately, there is no humor in the script, nor any clear reason why Powell would not go to the police at any point. The result is a slow movie that does no one's career any good.

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