Episode 2: Street of Shadows (1953) and Jessica Martin

In our second episode, we discussed little known ‘B’ film Street of Shadows (AKA Shadowman in the US Market) which was directed by Richard Vernon and released in 1953. The film imports American star Cesar Romero (CESAR ROMERO! Who starred in everything from ‘The Thin Man’ to ‘Batman’) as an Italian immigrant who owns a pin-table saloon in Soho and is falsely accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend (cor, blimey!) The film has some great sequences shot on location and even a shot of the Marquis of Granby pub in North Soho.

We discussed the film with comedian/writer/trainer Mel Byron and found her and I had similar views on its lack of plot and characterisation despite a fairly meaty role for Kay Kendall…

We also chatted to Jessica Martin, actress, singer, artist, author/illustrator and impressionist about her father Placido Martin (known as ‘Ido’ to his friends) who was a musician and bandleader who operated in Soho during the same 50s/60s period. Her latest book Life Drawing: A Life Under Lights is available now.

Below: two of Ido martin’s record covers.

Street of Shadows Trailer

Visit Jessica Martin’s official website

Visit Mel Bryon’s official website.

Street of Shadows is available from Amazon.

Listen to Soho Bites episode two – Street of Shadows
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