Shadow Play is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Ronald Colman, Fay Wray, and Leslie Howard. The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Elmer Rice. The film tells the story of a young man named John Carlyle (Colman) who is in love with a woman named Helen (Wray). However, Helen is engaged to another man, a wealthy businessman named Charles Wentworth (Howard). Carlyle decides to take revenge on Wentworth by blackmailing him with a photograph of Wentworth and Helen in a compromising position. Wentworth agrees to pay Carlyle a large sum of money, but he also threatens to kill Carlyle if he ever tells anyone about the photograph. Carlyle is forced to keep quiet, but he is haunted by the knowledge of what he has done. The film ends with Carlyle committing suicide. Shadow Play is a dark and disturbing film that explores the themes of revenge, blackmail, and murder. The film is also notable for its innovative use of shadows and lighting effects.

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Shadow Play (1986)

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5/12/2020

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Shadow Play is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Ronald Colman, Fay Wray, and Leslie Howard. The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Elmer Rice. The film tells the story of a young man named John Carlyle (Colman) who is in love with a woman named Helen (Wray). However, Helen is engaged to another man, a wealthy businessman named Charles Wentworth (Howard). Carlyle decides to take revenge on Wentworth by blackmailing him with a photograph of Wentworth and Helen in a compromising position. Wentworth agrees to pay Carlyle a large sum of money, but he also threatens to kill Carlyle if he ever tells anyone about the photograph. Carlyle is forced to keep quiet, but he is haunted by the knowledge of what he has done. The film ends with Carlyle committing suicide. Shadow Play is a dark and disturbing film that explores the themes of revenge, blackmail, and murder. The film is also notable for its innovative use of shadows and lighting effects.

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United States

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738329247171

Release Date

5/12/2020

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Movie

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Dee Wallace

Morgan Hanna (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
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Cloris Leachman

Millie Crown
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Ron Kuhlman

John Crown
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Barry Laws

Jeremy Crown
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Delia Salvi

Bette
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Susan Dixon

Zelda
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Al Strobel

Byron
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Glen Baggerly

Archie
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Juleen Murray

Sarah
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Michele Mariana

Lois
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Bob Griggs

Conroy
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Marjorie Card Hughes

Sophie
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Richard Wiltshire

Dr. Feldman
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George Stokes

Marty
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Mya Chamberlin

Girl in the Lighthouse
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Steven Rock-Savage

Tony
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Jon D. Anderson

boy 2 in Lighthouse (uncredited)
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Robert Allen Waltemate

boy 1 in Lighthouse (uncredited)
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Susan Shadburne

Director
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Susan Shadburne

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Shadow Play

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5/13/2020

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