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Cast a Dark Shadow (1957)




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Dirk Bogarde digressed from his usual lightweight image to portray a smarmy murderer in Cast a Dark Shadow. He kills his first wife (Mona Washbourne), hoping to claim her inheritance. Surprise! The inheritance is a myth. Thus Bogarde sets his sights on barkeeper Margaret Lockwood, whom he knows to be heavily insured. But Lockwood is possessed of a naturally suspicious nature, making Bogarde's second murder plot a bit more delicate than his first. Cast a Dark Shadow is a too-literal adaptation of Janet Green's stage play Murder Mistaken. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dirk Bogarde
as Edward Bare
Margaret Lockwood
as Freda Jeffries
Kay Walsh
as Charlotte Young
Mona Washbourne
as Monica Bare
Robert Flemyng
as Phillip Mortimer
Walter Hudd
as Coroner
Philip Stainton
as Charlie Mann
Myrtle Reed
as Waitress
Lita Roza
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for Cast a Dark Shadow

All Critics (6)

The narrative drags a bit in the middle, but Bogarde is always on hand to inject some nasty energy

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This moody British film noir with Dirk Bogarde as a cunning killer of wives is now out in a terrific new Blu-ray edition.

May 3, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The ending could be stronger, but Margaret Lockwood is a standout.

April 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A solid little murder thriller from Britain.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This woman-in-peril thriller is well acted, but director Lewis Gilbert fails to draw much tension from the perilous setup situation.

October 26, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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