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Japanese movie (1940's? 1950's?) detective follows geta prints in sand

My husband was a young soldier on leave in Japan during the Korean War when he visited a small Japanese movie house and enjoyed watching what must have been a detective film.  One scene had the detective following odd-shaped marks in the sand on a beach, which my husband realized must be geta marks, and he has never forgotten it.  I would like to find the film so we can watch it together.

(There was a newsreel at that showing with an account of an earthquake in Bakersfield where a tower collapsed--in case any of you were there!)
asked Feb 14, 2015 in Name That Movie by fresnogirl23 (1 point)
Was this a Japanese or an American movie?
EDIT: Sorry, I see it now in the title that this is a Japanese movie.
Any chance it was "Stray Dog"?

If not, was it black and white? We can guarantee it was japanese language?
Thank you for suggesting "Stray Dog."  I don't know if that's the one, but that gives me a search lead, which I very much appreciate.  My husband says that the movie is black and white.  He also says that the year he saw it was 1951.  Thank you for your help!
fresnogirl23, what does your husband say, is "Stray Dog" the movie he is looking for? Please, give us a feedback. Many thanks!
I did ask him, but he saw the movie over 60 years ago and doesn't remember the title.  I took a look at the synopsis of Stray Dog, and it doesn't seem to have any scenes in it that take place on the seashore.  If somebody knows if any of the action takes place on the seashore, I'd be happy to take another look at it.