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Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Approved | | Thriller | 28 January 1957 (Denmark)
A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental death', our crafty killer discovers that his late wife's 'fortune' is not what he thought it was. Driven to find another unsuspecting spouse; he discovers that his new bride, a widow, is no fool. When she tells him that she intends to keep her accounts separate from his, he is driven to contemplate murder once again. Written by alfiehitchie

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No Woman Could Resist His Sinister Charm!

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Charlotte's automobile Edward repairs is a 1950 Jaguar Mark V. See more »

Quotes

Freda Jeffries: You may not be much of a catch but, so help me, l love you.
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Version of Murder Mistaken (1956) See more »

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Leave Me Alone
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Music by Jean Wiener
Original Lyrics by Marc Lanjean
English Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Lita Roza
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Next Time Hire A Hit Man
5 November 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

In "Cast A Dark Shadow", Dirk Bogarde should have hired a professional. He certainly wouldn't have run into the snags and problems he encounters during the story, a character study with excellent acting performances down to the smallest part. It holds your interest throughout with an absorbing tale of cupidity and stupidity.

Besides the beleaguered Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood and Kay Walsh turn in great performances, as well as Robert Flemyng as the suspicious family barrister who is on to Bogarde. The movie plays like a filmed stage play,and in fact was adapted from the stage, with only a few token exterior shots.

The website bills "Cast A Dark Shadow" as a thriller but it is neither a thriller or a mystery, just a competent and engrossing drama which is worth your time, and it is time well spent. It was on ol' reliable TCM the other morning.


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