The Child and the Killer

The Child and the Killer is a British low budget 1959 crime film.[1] [2] It was also known as The Man in the Shadows. [3]

The Child and the Killer
British quad poster
Directed byMax Varnel
Produced byEdward J. Danziger
Harry Lee Danziger
Written byBrian Clemens
Eldon Howard
StarringPatricia Driscoll
Robert Arden
Ryck Rydon
Richard Williams
Music byAlbert Elms
CinematographyJames Wilson (as Jimmy Wilson)
Edited byMaurice Rootes
Distributed byUnited Artists Corporation (UK)
Release date
February 1959 (UK)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Joe, a US army officer, is on the run after committing murder. He invades the home of the widowed Peggy, and orders her son Tommy at gunpoint to guide him through the backwaters of the English countryside to safety. But he reckons without U.S. army Captain Mather, who is in love with Tommy's mother.


  • Patricia Driscoll as Peggy
  • Robert Arden as Joe
  • Richard Williams as Tommy
  • Ryck Rydon as Mather
  • John McLaren as Major Finch
  • Robert Raglan as Inspector
  • Gary Thorne as Prior
  • Gordon Sterne as Sergeant
  • Frank Ellement as White

Critical reception

TV Guide called it a "routine crime melodrama";[4] while Allmovie thought the film had "elements in common with the much-later Kevin Costner vehicle A Perfect World".[5]


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