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Shadow of a Woman (1946)

A young bride's marital bliss is replaced by shades of suspicion when she suspects that her husband is trying to starve his young son to death in order to claim an inheritance the boy is ... See full summary »


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Whitman Chambers (screenplay), C. Graham Baker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Helmut Dantine ... Dr. Eric Ryder
Andrea King ... Brooke Gifford Ryder
William Prince ... David G. MacKellar
John Alvin ... Carl
Becky Brown ... Genevieve Calvin
Richard Erdman ... Joe (as Dick Erdman)
Peggy Knudsen ... Louise Ryder
Don McGuire ... Johnnie
Lisa Golm Lisa Golm ... Emma
Larry Geiger Larry Geiger ... Philip Ryder
Monte Blue ... Mike
J. Scott Smart ... Timothy Freeman (as Jack Smart)
Leah Baird ... Mrs. Calvin
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Sarah


A young bride's marital bliss is replaced by shades of suspicion when she suspects that her husband is trying to starve his young son to death in order to claim an inheritance the boy is entitled to. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

14 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schatten einer Frau See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Monday 17 September 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12); it first aired in Boston Wednesday 16 January 1957 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Bloomington IN Saturday 30 March 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4), in Portland OR Tuesday 16 April 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), and in San Diego CA Tuesday 21 May 1957 on KFMB (Channel 8). See more »


About one hour into the film, Brooke addresses a letter to Dr. Norris. In close-up the envelope is small (letter size) and the address is written almost to the right edge. However in the next wider shot, the envelope is larger (business size) and the address is more centered. See more »


References Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) See more »


Otchi Tchornya
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[First dance number played at the Gypsy Room]
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One of the best low budget noirs I've ever seen starring people I've never heard of ...
21 October 2012 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...or maybe I should say it was a low priority rather than low budget noir, at least for Warner Brothers. WWII has just ended and Warner's A list stars have not yet returned from war, so the B list actors got a chance from 1942-1947 to take the lead.

This starts out as many a noir starts out - a lovely but lonely gal marries in haste to a dashing stranger - a doctor at that!. But beginning on their honeymoon it seems like someone is trying to kill her new husband and not being the least bit subtle about it. Also, there are strange people following the new couple around and taking pictures. Oh, and hubby forgot to mention he's been married before, has a son, and is in a nasty custody fight with his ex-wife.

The art design is cleverly done. The surroundings start out bright and cheery - on the beach at a seaside resort. As the new bride encounters layer after layer of suspense and uncertainty, the environment becomes as gloomy as her potential future as she ends up living in her husband's creaky old home with two sour looking servants that don't seem to like her any more than she trusts them.

I say that this seems like a low priority film to WB because there are some plot holes and goofs that just look silly in retrospect. The police consider the deceased an accidental death because he has fallen from a balcony although he carries clear marks and bruises from a beating? The police chief has the picture of the President on his wall, but it happens to be the President that died the year before (FDR)?? The new bride writes letters to a trusted friend about people she doesn't trust and then gives those letters to those untrusted people to mail?? The new husband has a distinct European accent but his sister does not??

The script is great overall, the atmosphere perfect, and the acting adequate, in particular I have to give kudos to Helmut Dantine as the creepy acting new husband. I'm sure in 1946, with memories of the war in Europe still fresh in everyone's minds, the rather Germanic accent of Helmut Dantine added just the right amount of suspicion and mystery to his character. Plus, note the subtle undercurrents of the coming cold war and red scares in the rising element of suspicion against anyone who is "different" - in this case Helmut Dantine's character who dares to question conventional medicine and even uses hypnotism on his patients - oh the horror! He MUST be a Communist! (Tongue in cheek here folks, this film is not about politics!)

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