A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.
The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has ... See full summary »
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
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The treating psychiatrist, Dr. Caroline Canford, was played by a future "First Lady," Nancy Davis Reagan. Nancy had met then First Lady Grace Coolidge when she was seven. 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 »
Zachary Scott equals film noir, right? Not always, as you can find out watching "Shadow On The Wall". It starts out with great promise but then quickly he gets killed. The movie then turns into a potboiler about child psychiatry and the star of the film becomes Gigi Perreau.
Had never seen or heard of this picture until it was on TCM the other evening and I thought what a shame to squander the talents of Zachary Scott and Ann Sothern in such a tepid melodrama. I was waiting for some noir touches, like a hard-boiled detective in a trench coat or a stool pigeon on a bar stool, or maybe a body in an alleyway. Instead, I got Nancy Davis doggedly trying to probe the mind of a six-year old.
I suppose it was interesting enough for a rating of six and all concerned did a good job in the acting department, but the storyline bordered on tedium for prolonged stretches, relieved only by Ann Sothern's scenes. OK, but falls far short of edge-of your-seat stuff.
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