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Tread Softly Stranger (1958)

Tread Softly Stranger (1958)

aka Tread Softly Stranger

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Details: 90 mins · English


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Small Calico
Small Johnny Mansell
No_movie_poster Dave Mansell
Small Paddy Ryan
Small Sylvia
No_movie_poster Sgt. Lamb
No_movie_poster Potter
No_movie_poster Danny
No_movie_poster Mrs. Finnegan
No_movie_poster Holroyd
No_movie_poster Flo
No_movie_poster Eric Downs
No_movie_poster Michael
No_movie_poster Joe Ryan
No_movie_poster Fletcher


No_movie_poster Douglas Slocombe Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Denis O'Dell Writer
No_movie_poster Tristram Cary Music
No_movie_poster Gordon Parry Director
No_movie_poster George Minter Writer
No_movie_poster Jack Popplewell Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Anthony Harvey Editing


The action takes place in the Yorkshire steel town of Rawborough – Rotherham was used for the extensive location filming – to which native son Johnny Mansell (George Baker) has fled after racking up large gambling debts in London. Johnny moves into a cramped flat with his brother Dave (Terence Morgan), a clerk in a local steel mill, and Dave's girlfriend Calico (Diana Dors), a hostess in a local nightclub. There is an instant attraction between Calico and Johnny, and it becomes apparent that the relationship between Dave and Calico is rather one-sided. It transpires that in an attempt to keep hold of her, he has embezzled £300 from his employers which he has used to buy her clothes and various gifts. He now has one week to repay the money before the firm's auditors make their visit.

Calico comes up with a plan for the brothers to rob the payroll at Dave's workplace to steal enough money to cover Dave's fraud and Johnny's debts. However at the arranged time Johnny is delayed in getting to the rendezvous, and Dave decides to go ahead with the robbery on his own. Johnny arrives at the mill just as Dave is leaving with thousands of pounds, but they are disturbed by the elderly night-watchman and there is a struggle in which Dave shoots and kills him.

Initially the police can find no leads as to the perpetrators of the murder, but the night-watchman's son (Patrick Allen) is certain that the robbery was an inside job and his suspicions lead him to Dave when he tracks down a blind witness who heard the killing. The police enquiries finally lead them to Johnny, who is arrested and taken away for questioning. The night-watchman's son then confronts Dave with his evidence, not revealing that his witness is blind, and convinces him to confess his own guilt.