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Shadow of Doubt (1935)

Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight ... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Wells Root (screenplay), Arthur Somers Roche (from the story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... Sim Sturdevant
Virginia Bruce ... Trenna Plaice
Constance Collier ... Aunt Melissa Pilson
Isabel Jewell ... Inez Johnson
Arthur Byron ... Morgan Bellwood
Betty Furness ... Lisa Bellwood
Regis Toomey ... Reed Ryan
Ivan F. Simpson ... Morse (as Ivan Simpson)
Bradley Page ... Len Haworth
Edward Brophy ... Fred Wilcox
Samuel S. Hinds ... Thomas Granby
Richard Tucker ... Mark Torrey
Bernard Siegel ... Ehrhardt
Paul Hurst ... Police Lt. Jack Sackville
Russell Hicks ... Chief of Detectives (scenes deleted)


Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight with Sim, Haworth is found dead in his apartment. Everyone has a reason to kill him, but most of the blame is falling on Sim and his love Trenna. If they are to be cleared, it is up to Aunt Melissa to find the killer - and she thinks she knows who is was. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery | Comedy







Release Date:

15 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Dúvida See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 22 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by San Francisco 27 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Because of its age, obscurity and lack of prominence of its leading players, major market sponsors sidestepped it in favor of better known films, and so there is no reliable documentation that it ever aired at this time either in New York City or in Los Angeles, even though it would have been in the MGM film library then under the control of WCBS and KTTV. Today, 1930s mystery film enthusiasts get a welcome look at it on its occasional showings on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


The opening credits list Bradley Page's character as Haworth. Thirty minutes into the movie, the newspapers announce that "Hayworth" is murdered. Note the discrepancy in the spelling of the character's name. See more »


Sim: When white gloves are turning taupe, rinse them out in Saunders' Soap!
Inez: When small mouths tell wicked jokes, rinse them out with Saunders' Soap!
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Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Isabel Jewell, but dubbed by Marjorie Lane
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Enjoyable MGM Programmer
30 October 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fun murder mystery helped greatly by delightful cast. Ricardo Cortez is the male lead but he's not the real star. That would be masculine Constance Collier, here wearing a bad white wig and looking positively like a drag queen. She sets out to solve the murder so that her nephew Cortez can marry Virginia Bruce (beautiful, as always). Bruce's character is a bit insufferable though. As is usually the case in these types of movies, the supporting cast makes the picture. Great character actors like Edward Brophy, Arthur Byron, Ivan Simpson, and Samuel Hinds. Then there's Regis Toomey. Toomey was a rather static actor I've never been terribly impressed with in other films of his I've seen. Imagine Dick Powell without the personality. However, here Toomey shines and delivers some of the movie's best lines.

It was interesting to see how differently this movie handled some of the procedural aspects of the law. Lots of talk about rights and not having enough evidence to hold someone without arresting them. Often in murder mysteries of the 30s and 40s, the police seem to act largely with impunity, arresting people with little or no evidence and holding them like a conviction was a foregone conclusion.

This is not a classic or anything but if you enjoy murder mysteries from the 30s, I'm sure you'll have a good time with this one. Give it a shot.

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