Shadow of a Woman
|Shadow of a Woman|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joseph Santley|
|Produced by||William Jacobs|
|Screenplay by||Whitman Chambers|
C. Graham Baker
|Based on||He Fell Down Dead|
by Virginia Perdue
|Narrated by||Andrea King|
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Edited by||Christian Nyby|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Shadow of a Woman is a 1946 American drama film noir directed by Joseph Santley, featuring Helmut Dantine and Andrea King. The film is based on the novel He Fell Down Dead written by Virginia Perdue.
A woman (Andrea King) on the verge of a breakdown marries a man (Helmut Dantine) she hardly knows, putting her in the path of fear and danger. She suspects her husband of plotting to kill his son from a previous marriage.
- Helmut Dantine as Dr. Eric Ryder
- Andrea King as Brooke Gifford Ryder
- William Prince as David G. MacKellar, Louise's Lawyer
- John Alvin as Carl. Emma's son
- Becky Brown as Genevieve Calvin
- Richard Erdman as Joe, Counterman at Owl Lunch
- Peggy Knudsen as Louise Ryder, Eric's Ex
- Don McGuire as Johnnie, MacKellar's Photographer
- Lisa Golm as Emma, Eric's Sister
- Larry Geiger as Philip Ryder, Eric's Son
- Monte Blue as Mike, Police Lieutenant
- J. Scott Smart as Timothy Freeman
- Leah Baird as Mrs. Calvin, Genevieve's Mother
- Lottie Williams as Sarah the Calvin Maid
- Paul Stanton as Dr. Nelson Norris
Film critic Dennis Schwartz panned the film, writing, "A failure in every possible way. Joseph Santley flatly directs this film noir adapted from Virginia Perdue's novel He Fell Down Dead. The script by writers C. Graham Baker and Whitman Chambers was lacking credibility. The acting was hammy and unconvincing. The film offered hardly any entertainment value and the irrelevant story was more of a turn off than anything else. On top of all that, there were serious gaffes in the plotline that filled the story with holes the size of craters. This postwar B-film melodrama reunites Hotel Berlin co-stars Helmut Dantine and Andrea King. Shadow of a Woman might be remembered by film buffs only because it played in an early restaurant scene "How Little We Know", the Hoagy Carmichael song that Lauren Bacall sang in To Have and Have Not."
According to Warner Bros figures the film earned $490,000 domestically and $242,000 foreign.
- Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 27 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
- Shadow of a Woman on IMDb .
- Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, August 25, 2002. Last accessed: February 21, 2011.
- TV Guide, film review. Last accessed: February 21, 2011.