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Richard Vernon (screenplay)
Laurence Meynell (novel)
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Release Date:
16 October 1953 (USA) See more »
Every step he took led him to Murder and a woman ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cesar Romero ... Luigi
Kay Kendall ... Barbara Gale
Edward Underdown ... Det. Insp. Johnstone
Victor Maddern ... Danny 'Limpy' Thomas
Simone Silva ... Angele Abbé
Liam Gaffney ... Constable Fred Roberts

Bill Travers ... Nigel Langley - Barbara's date
Robert Cawdron ... Det. Sgt. Hadley
John Penrose ... Gerald Gale, Barbara's husband
Molly Hamley-Clifford ... 'Starry' Darrell
Eileen Way ... Mrs. Thoms, Angele's landlady
Paul Hardtmuth ... J.M. 'Poppa' Mayall, jeweller-hideout keeper
Tony Sympson ... Nikki, hustler (as Tony Simpson)
Rose McLaren ... Rose
Michael Kelly ... Merchant Seaman West, date-abuser
Fred Griffiths ... Cab Driver
Henry Purvis ... Darrell (Starry Darrell's brother) (as Anaconda)
Lionel King ... The Cardsharp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mela White ... Cockney Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Vernon 
Writing credits
Richard Vernon (screenplay)

Laurence Meynell (novel "The Creaking Chair")

Produced by
William Nassour .... producer
William H. Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Spear 
Cinematography by
Phil Grindrod 
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Muller 
Art Direction by
George Haslam 
Makeup Department
Jack Craig .... makeup artist
Betty Sherriff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ted Holliday .... production manager
Leslie Sinclair .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alf Keating .... assistant director
Art Department
Mickey O'Toole .... stand by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Benson .... sound recordist
Richard A. Smith .... sound supervisor
Sidney Rider .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Arthur Vincent .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Drinkwater .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Robson .... focus puller (uncredited)
Charles Trigg .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tony Young .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsie Curtis .... wardrobe mistress
Music Department
Tommy Reilly .... musician: harmonica solo (uncredited)
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Stuart Levy .... presenter
Gladys Reeve .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Street of Shadows" - UK (original title)
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76 min | UK:84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Referenced in Mondo oscenità (1966)See more »


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Pin-Table Murder: Surprise Development., 23 March 2014
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Street of Shadows (AKA: Shadow Man) is directed by Richard Vernon, who also adapts the screenplay from the novel "The Creaking Chair" written by Laurence Meynell. It stars Cesar Romero, Victor Maddern, Kay Kendall, Simone Silva, John Penrose, Bill Travers and Liam Gaffney. Music is by Eric Spear, with harmonica by Tommy Reilly, and cinematography is by Phil Grindod.

A good old frame-up thriller with noir styling, Street of Shadows finds Romero as Luigi, the manager of a gaming premises in London's Soho area. When an old acquaintance of his, Angele Abbe (Silva), is found murdered in his apartment, he's naturally the chief suspect. Forced to go on the run, Luigi hopes that the police or himself can find the real culprit soon.

The story is pretty conventional stuff, with the mystery element none existent since it can only really be one person who committed the murder. However, the benefits elsewhere make this worth sampling by the film noir faithful, even if it's not what you would call essential viewing.

The whole picture is filmed in the noir style, Vernon and Grindod not missing any opportunities for a bit of shadow play or psychologically tinted contrast usage. The backdrop is a dour London of dark streets and alleyways, a dank part of the city where sordid characters go about their respective business. These people are either carrying some sort of affliction, aggressive or are emotionally stunted. An abused wife, a sexually frustrated janitor with a foot disability, card sharps, a man with huge cauliflower ears, a playboy, ladies of the night, or in the case of Luigi, someone who you really wouldn't want to count on.

Police Close Pin-Table Saloon!

Luigi's Pin-Table business is delightfully dingy, filled out with slot machines and macabre looking games such as a laughing sailor or Konki The Clown: Fortune Teller. Breezing around the place are the two gals, Angele and Barbara Gale (Kendall), getting the lads hot under the collar, while the human fortune teller Starry Darrell (Molly Hamley Clifford) is a splendid character capable of smoothing out Luigi's rough edges. Acting is good, with Maddern the stand out performer, and how nice to hear good quality Harmonica as part of a musical score. 6/10

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