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The Shadow Man (1953)

Street of Shadows (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 16 October 1953 (USA)
Small-time Soho hustler gets caught up in the murder of an ex-girl friend, evades the police and finally helps them to corner the real murderer.

Director:

Richard Vernon

Writers:

Richard Vernon (screenplay), Laurence Meynell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cesar Romero ... Luigi
Kay Kendall ... Barbara Gale
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Det. Insp. Johnstone
Victor Maddern ... Danny 'Limpy' Thomas
Simone Silva Simone Silva ... Angele Abbé
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Constable Fred Roberts
Bill Travers ... Nigel Langley
Robert Cawdron ... Det. Sgt. Hadley
John Penrose ... Gerald Gale
Molly Hamley-Clifford Molly Hamley-Clifford ... 'Starry' Darrell
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Mrs. Thoms
Paul Hardtmuth Paul Hardtmuth ... J.M. Mayall
Tony Sympson Tony Sympson ... Nikki (as Tony Simpson)
Rose McLaren Rose McLaren ... Rose
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly ... Merchant Seaman West
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Luigi (Cesar Romero)is the owner of a pin-table saloon frequented by questionable characters and kept under constant police surveillance. He meets Barbara Gale (Kay Kendall), neglected wife of heavy gambler Gerald Gale (John Penrose) and after a brief romance, Barbara agrees to go away with Luigi. But Angelo Abbe (Simone Silva) is found stabbed to death in Luigi's apartment. Luigi asks his friend Limpy (Victor Maddern) to hep him hide the body but they are picked up by the police. Luigi escapes and sets out to prove his innocence while running from the law. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Danger...CLUNGS TO HIM LIKE A WOMAN'S EMBRACE! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Man See more »

Filming Locations:

West End, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Best Film Noir You've Never Heard Of
25 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Cesar Romero runs a pintable bar: drinks, pinball machines, cotton candy, automatons. It gets rowdy, but he keeps things quiet. He's built up a bankroll and is getting ready to retire. Kay Kendall and her husband come in one night. Her husband drunkenly quarrels with Victor Maddern, Romero's gimpy handyman, but Romero settles it, and later is told that they wish to rent one of his fortune-telling machines for an evening. Romero delivers, but her husband is out of town, so Romero takes her out to dinner, charms her, and asks her to run away with him. She agrees.

However, Romero discovers Simone Silva, an old girlfriend he threw out, dead in his office. He tries to cover up the murder, but the police catch him. He escapes.

It's odd what can lift a good movie into the heights of excellence. Here it's the sound design, with the cheap and clamorous false joy of the marginal people of London. In addition, the soundtrack is aided by an excellent score, highlighted by the sad music offered by Tommy Reilly's harmonica. The story is good, highlighting the yearning of the characters to be better, yet caught in a web of darkness. It's one-time director Richard Vernon's only screenplay, but he clearly knew what he wanted to achieve, and got it.


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