9 user 6 critic

The Whispering Shadow (1933)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 18 April 1933 (USA)
A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering ... See full summary »


(story and screenplay) (as Barney Sarecky), (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

White Zombie (1932)
Certificate: Passed Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

Director: Victor Halperin
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn
Horror | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Taylor
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Maria Alba, Clara Kimball Young
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Sally Blane
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel
Stars: Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While filming the closing scene of "The Death Kiss", leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with, or been married to, most of the women connected with the movie ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Investigating a series of murders in Chinatown, wise-guy reporter Jason Barton is captured by the megalomaniacal Mr. Wong, desperately trying to complete his collection of the twelve gold ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Arline Judge
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A madman sets out to destroy a group of Chinatown merchants.

Director: Robert F. Hill
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A mad scientist tries to sell his formula for a dist integrating gas to foreign powers.

Directors: Alan James, William Witney
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Maxine Doyle
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake


Complete credited cast:
Viva Tattersall ...
J.D. Bradley - Company President
Detective Robert Raymond
The Countess Helen [Chs. 5-8]
Professor Alexis Steinbeck
Sparks - Dispatcher
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Young - Henchman No. 3
Jasper Slade - The Convict
D.W. Jerome - Company Vice President


A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang - whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike - may be involved in the crimes. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

18 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Seita Tenebrosa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Master Magician

  • 2. The Collapsing Room

  • 3. The All-Seeing Eye

  • 4. The Shadow Strikes

  • 5. Wanted For Murder

  • 6. The Man Who Was Czar

  • 7. The Double Doom

  • 8. The Red Circle

  • 9. The Fatal Secret

  • 10.The Death Warrant

  • 11.The Trap

  • 12.King of the World

See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Bela Lugosi debuts in Mascot 12 chapter serial
9 May 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1933's "The Whispering Shadow" was Bela Lugosi's serial debut, and also the first that I actually purchased, because this was the only one of his 5 serials that had no feature version. The scenes in his elaborate waxworks prove to be the most memorable, although his character is one of numerous red herrings believed to be the title mastermind, whose identity revealed in the final chapter seems to be a real cheat. This Mascot serial lacks a musical score, which makes it stand out from the others Lugosi did, and doesn't really utilize him as the star. The next, 1934's 12 chapter "The Return of Chandu" allows him to be a genuine, two fisted serial hero (at age 51). He was the star villain in 1936's "Shadow of Chinatown," at 15 chapters the longest, but perhaps most enjoyable, since he works with beautiful Luana Walters, against former Olympic athlete Bruce Bennett (Herman Brix), with a supporting cast of familiar faces like Richard Loo and Victor Wong. 1937's Republic "SOS Coast Guard" was the only one where he was billed second, after hero Ralph Byrd, a well made 12 chapter slugfest, with less footage of Lugosi than the others, assisted by Richard Alexander (Prince Barin in Universal's "Flash Gordon") as the hulking, mute manservant. 1939's 12 chapter "The Phantom Creeps" was done at the familiar Universal studios, with a suitable supporting cast, including hero Robert Kent, Edward Van Sloan, and Lee J. Cobb, but among so many gadgets, the well remembered robot was played by Bud Wolff. Bela's batting average in serials was far better than Boris Karloff or Lon Chaney, although it must be stated that Boris did his last chapterplay before 1931's "Frankenstein," and that Chaney starred only in his first (1932's "The Last Frontier") and last, the 12 chapter Western "Overland Mail," for Universal in 1942 (reduced in stature as an evil henchman in all the others).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Serial showing jamerson5
An awful cheat edalweber
Feature Version gnok2002
Discuss The Whispering Shadow (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: