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Shadow on the Wall (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 May 1950 (USA)
A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.

Director:

Pat Jackson

Writers:

Lawrence P. Bachmann (story "Death in the Doll's House"), Hannah Lees (story "Death in the Doll's House") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Dell Faring
Zachary Scott ... David I. Starrling
Gigi Perreau ... Susan Starrling
Nancy Reagan ... Dr. Caroline Canford (as Nancy Davis)
Kristine Miller ... Celia Starrling
John McIntire ... Pike Ludwell
Tom Helmore ... Crane Weymouth
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Miss Burke
Barbara Billingsley ... Olga
Marcia Van Dyke ... Secretary
Anthony Sydes Anthony Sydes ... Bobby
Jimmy Hunt ... Boy
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Storyline

Angered that her sister Celia has stolen her fiance, Dell Faring kills her and allows Celia's husband David, knocked out in an argument with Celia, to take the blame and end up on death row. Later Dell, finding out that David's young daughter Susan was witness to the crime and is undergoing psychiatric treatment, plans to eliminate her before her memory returns. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Some Women Will Stop At Nothing!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in a Doll's House See more »

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Budget:

$701,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An article on the front page of the January 15, 1945 edition of The Hollywood Reporter announced that Margaret O'Brien was to star in this film, with Roy Rowland directing. However, it is apparent that this project was shelved for over four years. See more »

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When Dell frantically flips through the front section of a newspaper looking for an article about the possible demise of her step-niece, the prop newspaper clearly has no name banner, headlines, photos or ads. See more »

Quotes

Susan Starrling: I'm glad Celia went to the early show. I don't think she likes us very much.
David I. Starrling: Susan, what a dreadful thing to say about your mother.
Susan Starrling: She's not my mother. My mother's dead. You said so yourself.
David I. Starrling: Celia's your mother now. It's not easy for her. Promise me you wont' say thing like that again.
Susan Starrling: Ok, I promise. I won't say it again. But I'll still think it.
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A little seen Gem of a Thriller
22 July 2003 | by grendel-37See all my reviews

I'm convinced that movies that have SHADOW in the title have a better than average chance of being good flicks. This flick SHADOW ON THE WALL upholds that little axiom. It starts slow, but stick with it, it picks up steam quickly.

This one eschews the normal trappings of noir, such as the seedy private eye, and the femme fatale while maintaining the stark cinematography and riveting suspense. Ann Sothern turning in a surprising performance, always the good girl in movies, here the director plays on that, to create a character whose actions becomes ever more... egregious. And because she is so much one of us, one of the good people, we are carried along... with her fall.

A movie that ultimately revolves around four women as central characters, would hardly seem to fit the noirish mold, but this film is far less lifetime network and far more grim, and gritty. The only foray into the the world of Noir by its director Pat Jackson, and the only script ever done by its writer Hannah Lees, the movie is deserving of far more recognition than its received. A solid little thriller. *** out of **** stars.


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