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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 »

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Detective Robert Raymond
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The Countess Helen [Chs. 5-8]
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Professor Alexis Steinbeck
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Sparks - Dispatcher
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Young - Henchman No. 3
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Jasper Slade - The Convict
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D.W. Jerome - Company Vice President
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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>

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There was a feature version of this 12-chapter serial,under the same title. See more »

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Featured in Planet X: Episode #2.6 (2006) See more »

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probably better than most
6 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this old serial, the older they are usually the better they are. Its always fun watching Bela do his thing. I felt like this afternoon epic had a bit more plot than most and the action is there like you expect. There are some annoying bits like the overuse of flashbacks in the later episodes. On the other hand the repeat footage does help the viewer to make sense out of all the craziness.

There seemed to be an excess of rad old cars...that's always cool. The leading lady was very pretty also which was good because there were only two women in the entire thing! There are lots of gunfights but almost no one ever got hit except for those nasty "flesh wounds".

I really enjoyed the look of Whispering Shadow, the old clothes, pencil thin mustaches, and the motorcycle scenes were all wonderful. There were lots of truly dangerous stunts too and a few effects (like a helicopter crashing into a radio tower).

Overall this is a very vintage but rather cool old serial. I got a kick out of it and it managed to build some real suspense in the last three or four chapters despite all the money saving flashbacks. Fun stuff for serial or Lugosi fans. Bela looked great and his expressions were a riot like always.


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