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Man in the Shadow (1957)





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Man in the Shadow is a better-than-usual Albert Zugsmith production starring Jeff Chandler as the newly appointed lawman in a corrupt southwestern town. A Mexican laborer has been murdered, a crime which powerful land baron Orson Welles wants the sheriff to ignore. Chandler bucks Welles' wishes and investigates the killing, with the trail of evidence leading inexorably to Welles...but what's the motive? Man in the Shadow is unimportant enough on its own, but the fact that it was produced at all would have a far-reaching effect on cinematic history. It was during shooting of this western that producer Albert Zugsmith and actor Orson Welles agreed to collaborate on the Welles-directed masterpiece Touch of Evil (58).


Orson Welles
as Virgil Renchler
Colleen Miller
as Skippy Renchler
Jeff Chandler
as Sheriff Ben Sadler
Barbara Lawrence
as Helen Sadler
Ben Alexander
as Ab Begley
John Larch
as Ed Yates
James Gleason
as Hank James
Royal Dano
as Aiken Clay
Paul Fix
as Herb Parker
Leo Gordon
as Chet Huneker
Martin Garralaga
as Jesus Cisneros
Mario Siletti
as Tony Santoro
Charles Horvath
as Len Bookman
Joseph J. Greene
as Harry Youngquist
Forrest Lewis
as Jake Kelley
Harry Harvey
as Dr. Creighton
Joe Schneider
as Juan Martin
Mort Mills
as Gateman
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Critic Reviews for Man in the Shadow

All Critics (1)

A low-rent version of the 1958 Touch of Evil.

June 19, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man in the Shadow


Solid suspense with Chandler excelling in the lead. The director uses the low budget limitations of the production to keep the focus on the main conflict delivering a taut gem.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


welles' only western; he plays the corrupt cattle baron of the golden empire ranch where a mexican bracero has been mysteriously murdered, apparently for looking at his daughter the wrong way. the local sheriff stubbornly insists on investigating leading to a whole lot of trouble

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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