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Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Approved | | Thriller | 28 January 1957 (Denmark)
Clever fortune-hunter Edward Bare (Sir Dirk Bogarde), with a penchant for murder, does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife, and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Janet Green (by), John Cresswell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dirk Bogarde ... Edward Bare
Margaret Lockwood ... Freda Jeffries
Kay Walsh ... Charlotte Young
Kathleen Harrison ... Emmie
Robert Flemyng ... Phillip Mortimer
Mona Washbourne ... Monica Bare
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Charlie Mann
Walter Hudd ... The Coroner
Lita Roza Lita Roza ... Singer
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Storyline

Clever fortune-hunter Edward Bare (Sir Dirk Bogarde), with a penchant for murder, does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife, and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of "accidental death", our crafty killer discovers that his late wife's "fortune" is not what he thought it was. Driven to find another unsuspecting spouse, he discovers that his new bride, a widow, is no fool. When she tells him that she intends to keep her accounts separate from his, he is driven to contemplate murder once again. Written by alfiehitchie

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No Woman Could Resist His Sinister Charm!

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Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Lita Roza (Singer) received an "And Introducing" credit. See more »

Quotes

Freda Jeffries: We buried my poor Albert six months ago.
Edward Bare: What was the matter with him?
Freda Jeffries: He was dead!
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Connections

Version of Murder Mistaken (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave Me Alone
(uncredited)
Music by Jean Wiener
Original Lyrics by Marc Lanjean
English Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Lita Roza
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Stylish British Drawing Room Crime thriller
24 December 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

The inimitable Dirk Bogarde stars as Edward (Teddy) Bare, he is a ladies' man – that is on occasion that the lady is filthy rich. He has married wealthy but older Monica (Mona Washbourne) and thinks he will inherit all her money as he is her spouse. However, she wants to make a will, so he decides it might be time for him to become a widower a little sooner than had been expected.

Alas he gets it all wrong and so is left 'financially embarrassed'. Well as he has gotten away with murder once he decides he needs another Mrs Money bags with a short potential life span and so he puts another dastardly plan into action.

This is lovely for all the right reasons. Bogarde as the deranged yet charming killer is just excellent – his facial expressions alone make this film. The supporting cast including Margaret Lockwood and Kathleen Harrison as the maid are all superb and totally believable in their respective roles. This was an adaptation of a play and that come across at times but it does not matter as this is a 'sit back and enjoy film' of how the other half once lived and more importantly died – recommended to all fans of old black and white British crime flicks.


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