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Shadow on the Wall (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 May 1950 (USA)
A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.



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Complete credited cast:
David I. Starrling
Susan Starrling
Dr. Caroline Canford (as Nancy Davis)
Kristine Miller ...
Celia Starrling
Pike Ludwell
Crane Weymouth
Helen Brown ...
Miss Burke
Marcia Van Dyke ...
Anthony Sydes ...


Angered that her sister Celia has stolen her fiance, Dell Faring kills her and allows Celia's husband David, knocked out in an argument with Celia, to take the blame and end up on death row. Later Dell, finding out that David's young daughter Susan was witness to the crime and is undergoing psychiatric treatment, plans to eliminate her before her memory returns. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Some women will stop at nothing!


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Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drohende Schatten  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first woman seen is a maid, Olga, who is played by none other than "The Beaver's" mother, Barbara Billingsly! See more »


When Dell frantically flips through the front section of a newspaper looking for an article about the possible demise of her step-niece, the prop newspaper clearly has no name banner, headlines, photos or ads. See more »


Susan Starrling: Miss me?
David I. Starrling: Every minute. You miss me?
Susan Starrling: Twice a minute.
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Pretty decent movie; story could have used a little more "meat"
20 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty decent movie. Nancy Davis (Reagan) was solid

as the psychiatrist trying to help little Susan (Gigi Perreau in a very

good performance) remember a horrible event which she had

witnessed. Zachary Scott, one of my favorites, proved real men can

handle supporting roles with as much flair as the more substantial

roles. And imaginative casting with Ann Southern as the baddie --

she handled it well without going over the top (as some

comedians are tempted to do with dramatic roles). Script could

have used a little more meat and the ending could have been a bit

more imaginative, but, all in all, not a waste of ninety minutes of

your time.

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