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Shadow of a Man (1955)

After a fight, a drunk is found dead, but is the cause of death heart failure or murder?

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Paul Carpenter ... Gene Landers
... Linda Bryant
Jane Griffiths ... Carol Seaton
Tony Quinn ... Inspector Gates
... Norman Farrel
... Paul Bryant
Jack Taylor ... Sergeant McBride
... Max
Rose Alba ... Cabaret Singer
Geoffrey Wilner
Diana Chesney ... Mrs. Carter
Jackie Brown
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After a fight, a drunk is found dead, but is the cause of death heart failure or murder?

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Cheap and derivative
22 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

SHADOW OF A MAN is one of the cheap thrillers put out by the notorious producers E. J. Fancey, a man whose films tend to be singularly devoid of excitement, intrigue, and suspense. This bog standard mystery thriller about the hunt for a murderer is a case in point. The only thing it has going for it is location photography in Hastings, and even that isn't very good.

The story is about a drunk who's found dead after a night out. The police investigate on the suspicion of foul play and soon come across a number of suspects who may or may not be involved. Meanwhile, the dead man's buddy searches for the murderer himself.

SHADOW OF A MAN stars the ubiquitous Canadian actor Paul Carpenter as the best buddy. In this one, Carpenter plays a rather volatile character who goes around punching out anybody who dares to insult the memory of his dead friend. The equally ubiquitous Ronald Leigh-Hunt plays in support. Sadly, the mystery narrative plays out in the most ordinary way imaginable, and there's not a single thrill to be had from the script. I'd skip it.


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