Step Down to Terror


Pursued by detectives, Johnny Walters leaves the city to visit his family in a small California town. Among the household: his dead brother's luscious widow Helen, who soon is attracted to him. Ominous events and conflicting evidence leave Helen suspicious, but uncertain about her brother-in-law as tension builds...

Colleen Miller .... Helen Walters
Charles Drake .... Johnny Walters
Rod Taylor .... Mike Randall
Josephine Hutchinson .... Mrs. Sarah Walters
Jocelyn Brando .... Lily Kirby
Alan Dexter .... Roy the photographer
Ricky Kelman .... Doug Walters


Colleen Miller

Born in Yakima, Washington on 10 November 1932, Colleen Miller was discovered for films in 1951. The story goes that 19-year-old Colleen Miller was fishing in the California mountains when a resort photographer recruited her to pose with a prize trout; a movie scout saw the picture in a magazine. Her first film was the RKO Jane Russell vehicle The Las Vegas Story (1952). In 1953, Miller signed a contract with Universal-International to do a string of films. Her best notices were for 'Playgirl (1954)', 'Four Guns to the Border (1954)' and 'Man in the Shadow (1957)', gaining critical praise for her fine natural talent and carefree sensuality. Although her film career was going well, she retired from the screen after the release of Step Down to Terror in 1958 to play the role of wife and mother. In 1955, Miller married entrepreneur Ted Briskin (whose ex-wife was the troubled 1940s star Betty Hutton). The couple had two children by the time Colleen Miller came out of retirement for her final film, Gunfight at Comanche Creek, released in 1964. Miller and Briskin divorced in 1975. She later married Walter Ralphs of Ralphs Markets fame

Josephine Hutchinson

Josephine Hutchinson was born on October 12, 1903 in Seattle, WA. After making her first film appearance at age 13, Josephine Hutchinson attended at Seattle's Cornish School of Music and Drama. Still in her early twenties, after several years of stock work in New York, she joined Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theater where she won critical praise for her title role in "Alice in Wonderland." Her impeccable credentials notwithstanding, Hutchinson's earliest movie publicity emphasized the fact that hers was the longest name of any movie leading lady. She came to Hollywood in 1934 under contract with Warners, debuting in "Happiness Ahead". She co-starred with Paul Muni in "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936). At Universal, she played the wife of Basil Rathbone in The Son of Frankenstein (1939), an experience she cherished primarily because of the warm camaraderie between her co-stars Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Lionel Atwill. She played in many small roles, both in films - e.g., the phoney U.N. ambassador's wife in North by Northwest (1959) - and television ("Twilight Zone, " "Gunsmoke", "Perry Mason") in the 'fifties and 'sixties and continued to work steadily in films and television into the 1970s, most often playing firm, forceful elderly women. She died June 4, 1998 at Manhattan's Florence Nightingale Nursing Home, aged 94.