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The Shadow Man (1953)

Street of Shadows (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 October 1953 (USA)
Small-time Soho hustler gets caught up in the murder of an ex-girl friend, evades the police and finally helps them to corner the real murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Gale
Edward Underdown ...
Det. Insp. Johnstone
Danny 'Limpy' Thomas
Simone Silva ...
Angele Abbé
Liam Gaffney ...
Constable Fred Roberts
Nigel Langley
Det. Sgt. Hadley
John Penrose ...
Gerald Gale
Molly Hamley-Clifford ...
'Starry' Darrell
Eileen Way ...
Mrs. Thoms
Paul Hardtmuth ...
J.M. Mayall
Tony Sympson ...
Nikki (as Tony Simpson)
Rose McLaren ...
Michael Kelly ...
Merchant Seaman West

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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When a girl like this is unfaithful she is WATCHED...HUNTED...KILLED! See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Referenced in Mondo oscenità (1966) See more »

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Watchable British Noir Film
6 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly well directed British B film in the noir genre. It was written and directed by the mysterious Richard Vernon (the only film he either wrote or directed), about whom little seems to be known. What happened to him? Who was he? Stalwart American actor Cesar Romero was borrowed for this film set in London's Soho, with dark streets and alleys as perhaps they were then. Kay Kendall is the love interest. She is what I call a 'fifties bust-thruster'. In those days, a surprising number of actresses hurled themselves bust first into their roles, convinced that this would advance their case. There is something about their stance, the way they stood and thrusted, which is so comical today. But it must have been effective with men at that time, or they would not have done it. An interesting footnote, or bustnote, for social historians, or anthropologists, perhaps? Kay Kendall died tragically young of throat cancer, and was much lamented. Here she manages an air of mystery and allure, though very fifties in every respect. Romero is effortlessly in command of this easy walk-through. A fine performance is delivered by Victor Maddern as 'Limpy', a pathetic East Ender with a club foot who gets all twisted up inside. Romero runs a pinball club in Soho, where Limpy is his janitor and caretaker. Two gals are floating, around stirring up various passions on all sides, some seamy card sharks are on the scene, some rough characters come and go, there is a murder, there are police, and Romero is suspected and runs. Will he clear himself? Can you guess?

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