Three Steps in the Dark

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Three Steps in the Dark
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Directed by Daniel Birt
Written byRoger East
Brock Williams
Produced byHarold Richmond
Starring Greta Gynt
Hugh Sinclair
Sarah Lawson
Cinematography Hone Glendinning
Edited byAnne Barker
Music by Gilbert Vinter
Corsair Pictures
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé
Release date
  • 10 August 1953 (1953-08-10)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Three Steps in the Dark is a 1953 British mystery film directed by Daniel Birt and starring Greta Gynt, Hugh Sinclair and Sarah Lawson. It was produced as a second feature and shot at the Kensington Studios in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Bernard Robinson.



A rich but disliked uncle invites his relatives to a family reunion at his home. Once the gathering is complete, he announces enigmatically that he intends to change his will before he dies, should not one of the heirs fulfill a condition. Before he can do this, he is murdered. His niece (Gynt), a detective story writer, has to put her theories into practice by solving a real-life murder mystery.


Later history

Three Steps in the Dark appears to have been a programmer closely following the standard whodunit template, with Today's Cinema offering the analysis: "The film has a measure of well tried appeal in the matter of 'spotting the killer' and in anticipating the surprise revelation of his identity in the climax. There is the usual touch of romance to complete the formula." There is no indication that the film was ever shown publicly again in cinemas or on television following its initial run.

The British Film Institute included the film on its "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films, due in large part to interest from film historians in Birt's relatively brief directorial career, which was cut short by his death at the age of 47 in 1955. [1] The National Film and Sound Archive in Australia subsequently informed the BFI it has the film. [2]

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  1. "Three Steps in the Dark / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  2. Josephine Botting (29 November 2012). "BFI Most Wanted: our discoveries so far". British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 February 2013.