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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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Trivia

The treating psychiatrist, Dr. Caroline Canford, was played by a future "First Lady," Nancy Davis Reagan. Nancy had met then First Lady Grace Coolidge when she was seven. See more »

Goofs

At 59:08 the second nurse (uncredited extra) escorting the children out of the children's ward is looking and smiling directly at the camera. This doesn't appear to be intentional on the part of the Director. See more »

Quotes

Dell Faring: I know it sounds silly, David, but I'm terribly happy.
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Offbeat Film-Noir Has a Dreamlike Ambiance
27 July 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Containing Two of the Tropes Familiar to Film-Noir (not counting shadows), Amnesia and Psychiatry/Psychology, this Off-Beat Little Movie is Big on Suspense and Contains an Unusual Lead Role for a Child.

Reminding of Val Lewton, the Film has an Ethereal Quality that gives it quite an Edge. The Cast is Better than Average with Zachary Scott and Ann Sothern Playing Against Type and Nancy Davis giving a Low-Key, Restrained Good Turn as a Psychiatrist that Works Fine for the Film.

The Child Actress Gigi Perreau is in Many Scenes and Holds more than Her Own with a Performance that is Spot On as the Disturbed and Haunted Little Girl. The Movie has Style with a Number of Ominous Scenes and Flourishes that Enhance the Mood.

A Definite Film-Noir with MGM Finally Deciding to Slum and Forego the Haudy Studio Persona, Finding Itself Forced to Play the B-Movie Game by 1950 with Changing Post-War Audience Expectations. They gave the Genre this somewhat Underrated Gem that many Folks seeing it as Children were Definitely Affected by its Dreamlike Setting.


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