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Shadow of Doubt (1935)

Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight ... See full summary »

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Sim Sturdevant
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Aunt Melissa Pilson
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Inez Johnson
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Morgan Bellwood
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Lisa Bellwood
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Reed Ryan
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Morse (as Ivan Simpson)
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Len Haworth
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Fred Wilcox
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Thomas Granby
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Mark Torrey
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Ehrhardt
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Police Lt. Jack Sackville
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Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight with Sim, Haworth is found dead in his apartment. Everyone has a reason to kill him, but most of the blame is falling on Sim and his love Trenna. If they are to be cleared, it is up to Aunt Melissa to find the killer - and she thinks she knows who is was. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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15 February 1935 (USA)  »

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A Sombra da Dúvida  »

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Trivia

The radio contract Sim got for Trenna at the beginning of the film - 26 weeks at $2,000/week - would be worth a total of $906,000 in 2015. See more »

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Trenna goes to meet Ehrhardt at Germanti's Cafe on 96th St. After Ehrhardt is killed there, Trenna admits to the police that she was at the scene of the killing at 110th St. See more »

Quotes

Sim: When white gloves are turning taupe, rinse them out in Saunders' Soap!
Inez: When small mouths tell wicked jokes, rinse them out with Saunders' Soap!
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Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Isabel Jewell, but dubbed by Marjorie Lane
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Enjoyable MGM Programmer
30 October 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fun murder mystery helped greatly by delightful cast. Ricardo Cortez is the male lead but he's not the real star. That would be masculine Constance Collier, here wearing a bad white wig and looking positively like a drag queen. She sets out to solve the murder so that her nephew Cortez can marry Virginia Bruce (beautiful, as always). Bruce's character is a bit insufferable though. As is usually the case in these types of movies, the supporting cast makes the picture. Great character actors like Edward Brophy, Arthur Byron, Ivan Simpson, and Samuel Hinds. Then there's Regis Toomey. Toomey was a rather static actor I've never been terribly impressed with in other films of his I've seen. Imagine Dick Powell without the personality. However, here Toomey shines and delivers some of the movie's best lines.

It was interesting to see how differently this movie handled some of the procedural aspects of the law. Lots of talk about rights and not having enough evidence to hold someone without arresting them. Often in murder mysteries of the 30s and 40s, the police seem to act largely with impunity, arresting people with little or no evidence and holding them like a conviction was a foregone conclusion.

This is not a classic or anything but if you enjoy murder mysteries from the 30s, I'm sure you'll have a good time with this one. Give it a shot.


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