WriterMel Dinelli, Czenzi Ormonde Release date1958 Based onstory Uncle Charlie by Gordon McDonnell ScreenplayMel Dinelli, Sy Gomberg, Czenzi Ormonde CastColleen Miller (Helen Walters), Charles Drake (Johnny Williams Walters), Rod Taylor (Mike Randall), Josephine Hutchinson (Mrs. Sarah Walters), Jocelyn Brando (Lily Kirby), Alan Dexter (Roy the photographer) Similar moviesBadlands, Dumb and Dumber, The Getaway, White Heat, The Asphalt Jungle, Last Man Standing
TaglineSTEP BY STEP... he made a career out of love.... and murder!
Step down to terror
Step Down to Terror (also known as The Silent Stranger) is a 1958 film noir thriller film directed by Harry Keller and starring Colleen Miller, Charles Drake and Rod Taylor. It is a remake of the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock film Shadow of a Doubt.
Johnny Williams (Drake), a psychotic serial killer who returns to his hometown to visit his mother (Hutchinson) and widowed sister-in-law Helen (Miller), both of whom are ignorant of his criminal past. Johnny hopes to settle down and start life anew, but Helen, her suspicions aroused by visiting detective Mike Randall (Taylor), discovers the truth about her beloved brother-in-law. Failing to talk Helen out of turning him in, Johnny methodically plots her murder. When all his plans fail he drags Helen into his car and drives off with her. Knowing Johnny is going to kill her, Helen grabs the keys, and he is forced to swerve to avoid hitting a boy riding his bike, and is killed in the resulting accident. At the memorial service, as Johnny is lauded as a model citizen, only Helen and Mike know the real truth.
Colleen Miller as Helen Walters
Charles Drake as Johnny Williams Walters
Rod Taylor as Mike Randall
Josephine Hutchinson as Mrs. Sarah Walters
Jocelyn Brando as Lily Kirby
Alan Dexter as Roy the photographer
Ricky Kelman as Doug Walters
At one stage Ross Hunter was going to produce and Donna Reed was going to star.