Shadow of Doubt (1935)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |   Release Date - Feb 15, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In her American film debut, British stage luminary Constance Collier dominates MGM's Shadow of Doubt as wealthy, reclusive Aunt Melissa, a character obviously based on "witch of Wall Street" Hettie Green. Emerging from a 20-year seclusion, Melissa announces her intention to disown her nephew Sim (Ricardo Cortez) if he marries temperamental actress Trenna (Virginia Bruce), who has been implicated in a double murder case. A ubiquitous presence throughout the picture is Sim's best friend, eternally inebriated columnist Reed Ryan (Regis Toomey), who's more than a little anxious to crack the case -- or so he claims. But the person responsible for the film's happy ending is none other than Melissa, who turns out to be a sweet old gal after all. Shadow of Doubt was one of a brief mid-1930s cycle of "female-detective" films, which included the Hildegarde Withers and Nurse Sarah Keane mysteries.

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actor, disinheritance, false-accusation, family-disapproval, fiancee, frame-up, innocence, investigator, killing, love, murder, producer [showbiz], suspect, victim