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Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Approved | | Thriller | 28 January 1957 (Denmark)
A clever fortune-hunter 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

John Cresswell (screenplay), Janet Green (play)
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Airs Fri. Sep. 28, 8:45 AM on TCM

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

A clever fortune-hunter 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Woman Could Resist His Sinister Charm!

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Health & Strength magazine Edward is reading in the sea-side restaurant is a real periodical. It is the April 14, 1955 (vol. 84, no. 8) issue, featuring Reuben Govender from India on the cover. The price is 1 shilling (1/20th of a pound, or about $1.65 in 2016). 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

Merry And Bright
(uncredited)
Written by Dague R. Pryor
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Next Time Hire A Hit Man
5 November 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

In "Cast A Dark Shadow", Dirk Bogarde should have hired a professional. He certainly wouldn't have run into the snags and problems he encounters during the story, a character study with excellent acting performances down to the smallest part. It holds your interest throughout with an absorbing tale of cupidity and stupidity.

Besides the beleaguered Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood and Kay Walsh turn in great performances, as well as Robert Flemyng as the suspicious family barrister who is on to Bogarde. The movie plays like a filmed stage play,and in fact was adapted from the stage, with only a few token exterior shots.

The website bills "Cast A Dark Shadow" as a thriller but it is neither a thriller or a mystery, just a competent and engrossing drama which is worth your time, and it is time well spent. It was on ol' reliable TCM the other morning.


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