Rotten Tomatoes
Cancel Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

Cast a Dark Shadow

1955 1h 24m Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 66% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Edward "Teddy" Bare (Dirk Bogarde) is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife (Mona Washbourne), believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries (Margaret Lockwood). Unfortunately for the unscrupulous criminal, Freda is much more guarded and sassy than his last wife, making separating her from her money considerably more challenging. Read More Read Less

Where to Watch

Cast a Dark Shadow

Prime Video Apple TV

Rent Cast a Dark Shadow on Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy it on Prime Video, Apple TV.

Critics Reviews

View All (7) Critics Reviews
Roger Moore Movie Nation Wastes no character, no scene and no screen time in its dash from the earliest plotting to the dastardly undoings, a thriller worthy of (lesser) Hitchcock but directed with plenty of panache by the filmmaker who gave us "You Only Live Twice" and "Alfie." Rated: 3/4 Feb 2, 2024 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk The narrative drags a bit in the middle, but Bogarde is always on hand to inject some nasty energy Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 19, 2021 Full Review Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap This moody British film noir with Dirk Bogarde as a cunning killer of wives is now out in a terrific new Blu-ray edition. Rated: 4/5 May 3, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The ending could be stronger, but Margaret Lockwood is a standout. Rated: 3/4 Apr 30, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A solid little murder thriller from Britain. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 14, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

View All (10) audience reviews
Mark S It’s an absolute must see.. dark thriller. The wonderful Dirk Bogarde - what an amazing actor indeed.. and those eyes.. plus the superb Ms Lockwood. It’s got the same feel that the Boulting brothers “ Brighton Rock” had. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/27/24 Full Review Ted B 3.5 stars; The plot was very Hitchcockian. I like the way the Brits can take a noir movie and add twists and turns to keep you guessing on how it will turn out. Not everything is as you think. Dirk Bogarde plays a cunning gigolo whose plan to become wealthy is. to murder his wives and collect their inheritance. Things don't go as planned after he murders his first wife and moves on to the second one. This is a 70-year-old movie but still plays well to today's audiences. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/05/24 Full Review Tamara K I love movies where the evil murderer dies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/06/24 Full Review Audience Member Bogarde is not the charmer he is supposed to be in this film, as his sinister glances dominate most of the scenes. That said, the story doesn't work very well. Nice production, though. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review martin a Dirk Bogarde is fantastic in this as a deranged man who kills his older wife for her money but the fortune gets left to her sister. He then remarries but this wife is wiser and his first wife's sister comes back to find out the truth and convict the killer. Great stuff! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review joe m Decent suspense film set in contemporary 1950s England where a ne'er do well cad is too smart for his own good after killing his older, refined first wife and then looking to rectify his mistake with similar plans with his not as old and not as refined second wife. Bogarde is good as the lead, yet Lockwood is really something else as the sassy, no nonsense Freda who becomes the second Mrs Bare. Rest of the cast makes the film come together. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
Cast a Dark Shadow

My Rating

Read More Read Less POST RATING WRITE A REVIEW EDIT REVIEW

Cast & Crew

Dead Man Down 41% 47% Dead Man Down A Kind of Murder 33% 15% A Kind of Murder TRAILER for A Kind of Murder Lies We Tell 0% 33% Lies We Tell TRAILER for Lies We Tell Galveston 72% 54% Galveston TRAILER for Galveston The Critic 45% % The Critic Discover more movies and TV shows. View More

Movie Info

Synopsis Edward "Teddy" Bare (Dirk Bogarde) is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife (Mona Washbourne), believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries (Margaret Lockwood). Unfortunately for the unscrupulous criminal, Freda is much more guarded and sassy than his last wife, making separating her from her money considerably more challenging.
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Screenwriter
John Cresswell
Production Co
Angel Productions
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
Original Language
British English
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 24m
Most Popular at Home Now