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The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 February 1932 (USA)
The Eagle uses sky writing to make threats against a corporation. Nathan Gregory owns a traveling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle. Craig McCoy is a pilot who goes looking for the Eagle when Gregory turns up missing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig McCoy
Richard Tucker ...
Major Evans
Pat O'Malley ...
Billy West ...
Bob the Clown
Colonel Nathan Gregory
Lloyd Whitlock ...
'Little Billy' Rhodes ...
The Midget (as Little Billy)
Ivan Linow ...
Henie the Strong Man
Henry the Ventriloquist


Nathan Gregory is a World War I veteran pilot who runs a small, debt-ridden traveling carnival along with loyal daughter Jean. Gregory is at odds with five of his former squadron comrades, who he thinks shot him down in 1918 and stole his plans for an incredible invention, a radio=piloted plane. An enigmatic criminal, called "The Eagle", and his gang of toughs skywrites threatening the five businessmen with vengeance for their past misdeeds. Although Gregory is suspected of being the arch-villain, especially after he disappears, hero Craig McCoy and the carnival's midget, strongman, and ventriloquist struggle to expose "The Eagle's" identity. Written by duke1029

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A CRASHING Adventure Serial! (1949 re-release poster)


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Release Date:

1 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Águia  »

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(12 episodes)

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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Carnival Mystery

  • 2. Pinholes

  • 3. The Eagle Strikes

  • 4. The Man of a Million Voices

  • 5. The Telephone Cipher

  • 6. Code of the Carnival

  • 7. Eagle or Vulture?

  • 8. On the Spot

  • 9. When Thieves Fall Out

  • 10.The Man Who Knew

  • 11.The Eagle's Wings

  • 12.The Shadow Unmasked

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The long shot of the scene depicting John Wayne as Craig and RoyD'Arcy as Gardener are clearly shot with the men on a merry-go-round, but the closeups of both men are mismatches and none of the bars and struts of the ride can be seen since both actors are clearly on the ground and not moving. See more »


Henie the Strong Man: [backing accidently into the midget] Hey, get out under my feet, you little squirt!
The Midget: Don't get persomal, you big palooka! It's guys like you that make guys like me hate guys like you.
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Good guys can't catch a break, but win in the end.
25 May 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

The good guys never seem to catch a break. It added to the plot and my frustration. What a roller coaster of a movie. It was a good movie and keeps you on the edge of your seat rooting for the good guys to get one thing to go their way. Common John Wayne where, as the hero, he never gives up hope.

Didn't realize that it was almost 3 hours till it got close to the end and I looked up at the clock.

If you like b/w old movies, it's a good show to watch. I like John Wayne but have watched most of his older movies. It's a lot of fun to see a young John Wayne running around to save the day. If you don't like the older John Wayne movies, give some of is younger stuff a chance.

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