|Three Steps North|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||W. Lee Wilder|
|Produced by||W. Lee Wilder|
|Screenplay by||Lester Fuller|
|Story by||Robert Harari|
|Starring|| Lloyd Bridges |
|Music by||Roman Vlad|
|Edited by||Ruth Totz|
W. Lee Wilder Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Three Steps North is a 1951 Italian–American film noir crime film directed by W. Lee Wilder starring Lloyd Bridges, Lea Padovani and Aldo Fabrizi. The film is also known as Tre passi a nord in Italy.
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Dishonorably discharged after a four-year stint in a military prison for dabbling in black markets while stationed in Italy during World War II, former US soldier Frank Keeler (Lloyd Bridges) wants to discreetly recover a stash of money he buried near Amalfi prior to his arrest. However this turns out to be more difficult than expected when the police becomes interested in him and starts tailing him, while local shady characters guess the purpose of his presence.
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