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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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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 ... 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 »


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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
[Second dance number played at the Gypsy Room]
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Not-bad programmer, a `jep' based (as always) on the old adage `Marry in haste...'
22 August 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Honeymooning after a whirlwind courtship, newlyweds Andrea King and Helmut Dantine cross the palm of a Gypsy fortune-teller with silver to have their futures read. The crone's face collapses like an ill-baked souffle when she gazes on Dantine's life-lines. `I haf nut'ing to tell you,' she stammers, then slithers off into the night.

Next day at the beach, a boulder the size of an asteroid rolls down a hill, almost squashing Dantine – the first of many such `accidents' which befall him. Her groom, King decides, has enemies. Back in San Francisco, King settles into his gloomy old Nob Hill mansion, inhabited too by his widowed sister and his crippled nephew, who welcome her coldly. Another surprise is a sickly young son by a previous marriage, of whom (and of which) King knew nothing.

Dantine, it turns out, is a quack doctor whose diet regiments cause his patients to drop like flies. His son, on the other hand, is heir to a fortune, and his regimen of nothing but orange juice begins to look to King like a plot to kill him....

Shadow of a Woman (meaningless title, by the way) is nothing more than a watchable programmer. Both principals were European-born, Dantine in Vienna (retaining a heavy accent), King in Paris (accent-free, though her English is wooden). The movie accepts and reproduces the conventions of the `jep' with few, if any, new twists: Dantine is a controlling husband who decides everything for his wife (a role he would reprise the next year in Whispering City), including how she feels – `You're tired;' `You're hysterical.' King, however, shows more spunk, and earlier on, than most of the swooning wives this kind of melodrama requires. If you can swallow its conventions, Shadow of a Woman is not a bad hour and a quarter – sort of a dress rehearsal for The House on Telegraph Hill five years later, a better movie that, especially in its setting, resembles it.

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