The Child and the Killer

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The Child and the Killer
"The Child and the Killer" (1959).jpg
British quad poster
Directed by Max Varnel
Written by
Produced by
Cinematography James Wilson (as Jimmy Wilson)
Edited by Maurice Rootes
Music by Albert Elms
Distributed by United Artists Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • February 1959 (1959-02)(UK)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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]



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.


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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