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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
Robert Cawdron ... 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 ... Rose
Michael Kelly ... Merchant Seaman West
Fred Griffiths ... Cab Driver
Henry Purvis ... Darrell (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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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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Minx Gets Murdered, 13 March 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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