Sunday, June 10, 2018
The Shadow (1933)
The Shadow blackmails rich people which usually ends up in the poor victim committing suicide. Police chief Sir Richard (Felix Aylmer) has taken time out from the investigation in his country house and assorted guests including rather annoying toff novelist Reggie (Henry Kendall) and his reluctant love target Sonja (Elizabeth Allan). Unfortunately it turns out one of Sir Richard's guests is The Shadow...
The film is full of every country house mystery cliche going, including a good deal of over acting. Its a highly enjoyable romp with plenty of dashing around the country house, maybe a little too much humour though to match the potential for suspense from the sinister villain. The twist at the end is superb though.