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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:
Edward Underdown ...
Det. Insp. Johnstone
Danny 'Limpy' Thomas
Simone Silva ...
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


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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16 October 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Mondo oscenità (1966) See more »

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British noir with American star
16 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the '50s, there were a lot of British noirs made with American stars such as Dane Clark, Dennis O'Keefe, Cesar Romero, and others. These noirs were usually atmospheric and fun to watch.

"The Shadow Man" is from 1953 and stars Romero, along with Kay Kendall. Romero is Luigi, who owns a pin-table saloon. Apparently this is some sort of a casino with pinball machines. Anyway, the cops are usually watching it because some of the patrons are not of the highest quality.

Luigi meets and falls for Barbara (Kay Kendall) whose husband is a gambler and not much of a husband. She agrees to go away with Luigi, but when Luigi's ex-girlfriend Angele (Simone Silva) winds up dead in Luigi's apartment, Luigi has to ask help from his employee, Limpy (Victor Maddern) for help, and then hide out and try to figure out who murdered her.

There's nothing very special about this, except that I have always believed Cesar Romero was very underrated as an actor. He's marvelous here, very handsome with a great presence, using just a touch of his accent. His saloon is crowded, chaotic, nothing fancy, and has a wonderfully '50s atmosphere. Kay Kendall, his costar, would go on to big fame before her early, tragic death (recounted in the play "In Praise of Love," originally starring her then-husband, Rex Harrison).

Nothing exceptional except Romero and Kendall, but they make it worth seeing.

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