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Forgotten Noir 3 (Shadow Man / Shoot to Kill) (1953)

Russell Wade , Luana Walters , Richard Vernon , William Berke  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Russell Wade, Luana Walters, Edmund MacDonald, Robert Kent, Vince Barnett
  • Directors: Richard Vernon, William Berke
  • Writers: Richard Vernon, Edwin V. Westrate, Laurence Meynell
  • Producers: William Berke, Maury Nunes, William H. Williams
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HC2LLM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forgotten Noir 3 (Shadow Man / Shoot to Kill)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Inside Lippert - Part 2: 1950-1976)" as told to Robert L. Lippert Jr.
  • Shoot to Kill production records (schedule, wardrobe plot, contracts, sample script  pages with director's notes)
  • Advertising materials gallery
  • Bios
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Shadow Man (1953) - A saloon owner falls in love with the abused wife of a heavy gambler. He is snared into a web of intrigue when an ex-girlfriend is found murdered in his apartment. Shoot To Kill (1947) - A tale of plotting and counterplotting commences after the new district attorney and an escaped gangster are killed in a car crash! Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Original Advertising Material Gallery| Bios| "Inside Lippert" (Part 2: 1950-1976) as told by Robert L, Lippert Jr.| "Shoot to Kill" Schedule & Luana Walters Wardrobe Plot| Day Player & Stuntman Contracts ("Shoot to Kill")| Original Script - Sample pages with Director's Notes ("Shoot to Kill")| Original Theatrical Trailers. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 139 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – NR; Year - 1953, 1947; SRP - $14.99.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment presents "Forgotten Noir Vol. 3", a Kit Parker Double Features of (Shadow Man (1953) & Shoot to Kill (1947) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)...featuring top performances by actors to die for from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays...from little known films that will leave you intrigued with all the pop some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the movie.

First up we have Anglo-Amalgamated Films feature "SHADOW MAN" (aka: "Street of Shadows") (1957) (72 min. B/W)...under Richard Vernon (Director / Screenwriter), W.H. Williams (Producer), Laurence Meynell (Book Author), Philip Grindrod (Cinematographer), Eric Spear (Composer (Music Score), Geoffrey Muller (Editor) ----- the cast includes Victor Maddern (Danny 'Limpy' Thomas), Cesar Romero (Luigi ), Kay Kendall (Barbara Gale), Edward Underdown (Insp. Johnstone), Simone Silva (Angele Abbe), Liam Gaffney (Fred Roberts), Robert Cawdron (Sgt. Hadley), John Penrose (Capt. Gerald Gale), Bill Travers (Nigel Langley), Eileen Way (Mrs. Toms), Paul Hardtmuth (Poppa), Annaconda (Darrell), Molly Hamley-Clifford (Starry Darrell) ----- our story is based on "The Creaking Chair" by Laurence Mynell made into a British film "Street of Shadows" when Richard Lippert released the feature in the USA was changed to "Shadow Man:", but the fine cast and script remained happily in place ... Cesar Romero is a casino owner and finds himself mixed up in the murder of his former girlfriend, and he is the prime suspect ... now comes the time when Cesar will play detective and bring in the killer to the Hammer Studio with all the trimmings ... Kay Kendall who was married to Rex Harrison has top billing before she became an international star ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woth the trouble to obtain a better print April 27, 2009
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I really ordered this title in order to acquire a better print of "Shoot to Kill" than I had previously enoyed on Alpha Video, and I was not disappointed. Picture quality and sound were noticeably improved in the VCI version. The movie itself poses an intriguing question in the very opening scene: What were the district attorney, his wife, and a sought-after felon all doing in the same car wreck in which all were killed? The plot keeps you guessing about the answer until the very end. It packed a lot of entertainment into a little over an hour's running time.
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Shadow Man, The (1953):
Shadow Man gives mediocrity a bad name. It's one of those low-budget British movies that starred over-the-hill American actors in the hope audiences in the U.S. would want to see one more time a fading George Raft, Dane Clark, Zachary Scott or, in this case Cesar Romero. Shadow Man (called Street of Shadows in Britain) doesn't bother with logic, dramatic tension, chemistry between stars and effective story telling. It just plops down various elements and actors, then walks away. The plot is no more than this: A Soho saloon owner named Luigi (Cesar Romero) finds himself involved with the murder of an old flame. He helps the police. They catch the killer. The plot moves so slowly that it takes 45 minutes to get to the murder and the movie only runs 76 minutes. I'd say that Kay Kendall is the best thing in the movie, but she's miscast, awkwardly used and the idea that she and Romero will find true love is as misguided as the writers were.

Luigi owns a carnival-themed pin-table nightclub in Soho. I'm not sure what a pin-table saloon is but wealthy people in evening dress go there to drink, eat cotton candy and play a jukebox. He's cool, smooth, decent and isn't shy about using his fists when he needs to. The idea of simply going to the police never occurs to him. We assume he's a relative of the screenwriters. Kay Kendall plays Barbara Gale, an upper-class wife whose upper-class friends are arrogant and entitled and whose husband is condescending and petulant. Confusingly, at one moment she's an elegant partygoer, the next she's a hausfrau in an apron. Victor Maddern is Limpy Thomas, an off-center gofer for Luigi, not too bright and a little too intent on beautiful girls. Limpy looks like a cross between John Garfield with a hangover and Elisha Cook Jr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot to Kill November 13, 2011
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Nice B movie with a couple of twists. What stood out was the piano man, Gene Rodgers. His two minute tune, Rajai Blues, was worth the price of the DVD by itself. I had my two boys watch it and they both enjoyed it. Can't find the song on CD unfortunately.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir August 3, 2008
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Good collection and my friends enjoyed the films more than I, but I watched and have loaned this DVD to others to view. Delivery of this DVD very prompt.
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