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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:

Drohende Schatten See more »

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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

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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Underrated '50's film-noir.
13 November 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

A young girl(Gigi Perreau) becomes traumatized after she witnesses the accidental killing of her stepmother(Kristine Miller). Well-acted film noir showcases the dramatic talents of the exceptionally gifted actress Ann Sothern, who was known primarily for her 'light' roles in films like MAISIE. The film also features an early appearance by Barbara Billingsey, better known as June Cleaver on the popular '50's sitcom LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.


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