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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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Box Office

Budget:

$701,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $330,000 ($3.6M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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: Miss me?
David I. Starrling: Every minute. You miss me?
Susan Starrling: Twice a minute.
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Jealousy between sisters ends in homicide.
31 July 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

A young girl(Gigi Perreau)suffers amnesia after witnessing her stepmother's murder. Zachary Scott is the husband mistakenly put in prison for the murder. Ann Southern, straying from her comedic roles, has trouble hiding her guilt and even thinks of causing harm to the little girl to keep her quiet.

Fast moving film-noir also starring John McIntire and Nancy Davis. This was before Miss Davis became Mrs. Ronald Reagan. Small roles for familiar Barbara Billingsley and Jimmy Hunt.


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