Warner Archive has gotten there first with home video product—a restored blu-ray disk, no less—of the best of the “B” Cornell Woolrich adaptations, the previously scarce I WOULDN’T BE IN YOUR SHOES (1948), the second-to-last film helmed by long-time director William Nigh, whose Hollywood career reached back deep into the silent era. Woolrich colleague and friend Steve Fisher adapted the short story, which transforms/transcends its similarities to other Woolrich stories, thanks in part to a plot twist that Woolrich recommended to Fisher when the screenwriter got stuck for an ending.
Don Castle, Elyse Knox and the ubiquitous Regis Toomey are each firing on all cylinders here, and it’s a film that true Woolrich aficionados will be thrilled to see looking as good or better than it did when it was first released 73 years ago.
Available NOW in blu-ray!
For another appreciation of I WOULDN’T BE IN YOUR SHOES—story and film—be sure to read Dan Stumpf’s recent blog entry at mystery*file: