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Mystery & Suspense Collection: Cast a Dark Shadow/Night Train to Munich/The Red House


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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Madacy Records
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQL9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mystery & Suspense Collection; 3 Films

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CAST A DARK SHADOW:
"I know who I appeal to. Freda because she's my class and Monie because she was old and lonely." That's Edward 'Teddy' Bare (Dirk Bogarde) speaking. He's a charming young man. Monie (Mona Washbourne) was his first wife, considerably older than he and quite rich. He killed her and made it look like an accident. Freda (Margaret Lockwood) is his second wife. She's strong-willed, older than he, common and is quite well off. But Teddy might be too clever by half this time

Cast a Dark Shadow is a British noir from the late classic period, as they say. It's a moody, murderous film filled alternately with sunlit days and scenes in the dark, curtained drawing room of the country house Teddy inherited from Monie. It's the room he killed her in. A lot of drama, melodrama and acting takes place in it. While the last fifteen minutes of the film nearly collapse from the weight of twists and double twists, from dramatic confrontations and from hysteria as psychological revelation, the bulk of the movie is an effective study of charming, shadowed nastiness.

This is very much Dirk Bogarde's movie. He's in just about every scene. Holding her own with him, however, is Margaret Lockwood. Through the Forties she was a huge star. She took off with The Lady Vanishes in 1938 and Night Train to Munich and The Stars Look Down, both in 1940. She was a brunette vision, slender, intelligent and with a slightly sly sense of humor lurking behind her eyes. Now at 44, her Freda Jeffries is startlingly effective, and nothing like Night Train's Anna Bomasch or The Lady Vanishes' Iris Hamilton. She's still a vision, but Freda is common and crude, with a lower class accent, a loud laugh and a firm hand with Teddy.

Cast a Dark Shadow is a modest semi-noir.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dirk on September 18, 2006
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This is an inexpensive disc from Madacy. "NIght Train..." is actually a fairly good print. While it hasn't been restored, the film quality is pretty good, with minimal scratching. The audio, like most British films of this period, is a bit below the quality of Hollywood films of the same time. Subtitles would be helpful to catch all the dialogue, but are not on the disc.

"Cast..." is not a good quality print. There is an audible hiss during much of the film, and there are some large scratches, white circles, etc. "The Red House" is much the same--very scratchy picture, and the music is a bit distorted when it gets louder.

If NTTM is your main reason for buying this disc, it's worth it. Maybe someday the other films will be released in better condition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AcostaEnterprises on August 2, 2006
Yep. I havent seen the DVD yet, but after years of trying to locate this movie (Cast a Dark Shadow) on DVD, its wonderful to find it issued with two other movies. Cast a Dark Shadow is about a jerk who basically marries women for their money. He meets an old lady and then inherits her money, but with a catch. He ends up marrying another woman, who turns out to be his match. GREAT, FANTASTIC, DARK movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ollabarabolla on October 26, 2012
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This movie deserves a restoration. It is an excellent story of a man of dubious sexual orientation who marries an older woman for her money & what follows. This dvd was released by Mandacy - and I was surprised by the quality. What would make it better would be a full restoration of the sound & video.
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