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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
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In The Shadow Man Cesar Romero joins that select group of American players who are playing leads in British film to give them some box office on this side of the pond. He plays an Italian in this one, probably an expatriate from before the recent World War who runs an amusement arcade in Soho. He's got an ex-girlfriend in Kay Kendall who still charges his batteries along with half of Soho.
He gets into a public brawl over her, so later when she turns up dead he's a suspect. By no means is he the only suspect, but Scotland Yard likes him for it best and Romero has to keep on the run. However Inspector Edward Underdown is developing alternatives.
The Shadow Man is a competently made enough film and the players all do a good job in it. Leading the cast is Victor Maddern who appeared in a slew of good British films playing all kinds of roles. He may actually have his career role her as Romero's retainer who is bitter and has a limp in his stride, hence his nickname Limpy.
The problem with The Shadow Man is a lack of suspense in the proceedings. If you can't figure out who the murderer is you really haven't seen too many of these noir films. A more expensive film would have given us a few more suspects to choose from. Still fans of the players will like The Shadow Man.
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