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Shadow of a Woman (1946)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  14 September 1946 (USA)
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A young bride's marital bliss is replaced by shades of suspicion when she suspects that her husband is trying to starve his young son to death in order to claim an inheritance the boy is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Helmut Dantine ...
Brooke Gifford Ryder
David G. MacKellar
John Alvin ...
Becky Brown ...
Genevieve Calvin
Joe (as Dick Erdman)
Peggy Knudsen ...
Louise Ryder
Don McGuire ...
Lisa Golm ...
Larry Geiger ...
Philip Ryder
Monte Blue ...
J. Scott Smart ...
Timothy Freeman (as Jack Smart)
Leah Baird ...
Mrs. Calvin
Lottie Williams ...


A young bride's marital bliss is replaced by shades of suspicion when she suspects that her husband is trying to starve his young son to death in order to claim an inheritance the boy is entitled to. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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14 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schatten einer Frau  »

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21 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helmut Dantine is an alternative medicine expert, and Andrea King is his unsuspecting new bride in "Shadow of a Woman," a 1946 low-budget film.

The story is done in flashback, and in the beginning, we see Brooke (King) telling her story to the authorities.

Dantine is Dr. Eric Ryder, who meets Brooke and marries her a few days later. The first indication she has that there's a problem occurs when he tells her he has been married before and has a son (he conveniently left all that out previously). Also, his ex-wife is trying to get the boy away from him.

We soon find out why when we enter Eric's funereal home, where he lives with his lame brother Carl (John Alvin) and his frosty mother (Peggy Knudsen). Eric has the adorable little boy, who is ill, on some sort of crazy diet that seems to be starving him. Not what you'd call quick on the uptake, it's a while before the truth about hubby starts to dawn on Brooke.

Andrea King was certainly a lovely woman, a little reminiscent of Vera Miles, and she probably deserved better than this. Dantine makes an attractive villain. It was hard to get into this film as it moved very slowly, and also, it was easy to figure out.

Someone on this board indicated that this film was underwritten by the AMA. I couldn't find any information on this. The AMA isn't big on alternative medicine, but thankfully, not all of them are like this doctor.

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