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The Shadow Strikes (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 29 October 1937 (USA)
Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »

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Marcia Delthern (as Lynn Anders)
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Jasper Delthern
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Winstead Comstock
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Humphrey Comstock (as Bill Kellogg)
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Caleb Delthern
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John Carnivale ...
Warren Berranger
James C. Morton ...
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Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of the attorney. Before he can leave, a phone call summons the attorney to the home of Delthern, a wealthy client, who wants a new will drawn up. As Cranston meets with him, Delthern is suddenly shot, and Cranston is quickly caught up in a new mystery. Written by Snow Leopard

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Scourge of the underworld!


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29 October 1937 (USA)  »

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A Sombra Ataca  »

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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Sunday 23 February 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

The credits spell "Cranston" with a G. A newspaper headline within the movie does the same thing. Yet the character is referred to as "Cranston" by the other characters. See more »

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Not great, not a bomb either.
16 January 2002 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The Shadow has a mustache?!

The film doesn't really introduce either Lamont Cranston or The Shadow, but seems to assume the audience knows them already. Editing and cinematography are pretty poor, as is the writing and acting. Cranston/The Shadow is surprisingly careless, doesn't laugh, doesn't say "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men...The Shadow knows," or "the weed of crime bears bitter fruit," and appears to lack "the power to cloud men's minds." He evidently has only one servant, not a whole network.

A subplot involving the mystery of Cranston's father's death is barely explored and seems an afterthought, despite the film's suggesting this may have been the reason for the genesis of The Shadow.

Still, it's sort of fun.


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