Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Director
Lewis Gilbert

Main cast
Dirk Bogarde; Margaret Lockwood; Kay Walsh; Kathleen Harrison; Robert Flemyng

Genres
Thriller, Mystery

Description
Edward "Teddy" Bare killed his first wife (making it look like an accident) hoping to claim her inheritance, only to discover she didn't have one. When another chance presents itself Bare plans to kill his next wife. But murder second time round is a bit more difficult.


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