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Commissioner Weston (as Thomas Jackson)
Oscar O'Shea ...
Heath
Lew Hearn ...
Moe
Wilhelm von Brincken ...
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William Pawley ...
Honest John (as Wm. Pawley)
Peter Potter ...
Burke (as Wm. Moore)
John St. Polis ...
Roger Morton
Jack Baxley ...
Matthews
Walter Bonn ...
Steffen
Harry C. Bradley ...
Barrows (as Harry Bradley)
Will Stanton ...
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Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes passes the friendly stage with Police Commissioner Weston (Thomas E. Jackson). He complains to his managing editor, Edward Heath (Oscar O'Shea), over the problems that have developed in his department since Phoebe Lane (Astrid Allwyn) has been hired as his assistant. He is advised to forget it since she is the publisher's niece. During his broadcast about Honest John (William Pawley), a famous safe cracker who has served his time, Phoebe gives him a note that the Metropolitan Theatre is to be robbed at eight o'clock and she is so insistent that he adds it as his closing note. Off the air, he learns she got the information from a man she met in a café who had an honest face. Cranston goes to the theatre where Weston and his men have gathered and, of course, nothing happens but, across town, a safe is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CRIME DIDN'T PAY WHEN THIS MASTER DETECTIVE STEPPED IN! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Based on #118 of The Shadow magazine (January 1, 1937), titled "Foxhound" and written by Theodore S. Tinsley (under the usual pseudonym of "Maxwell Grant"). See more »

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Phoebe Lane: This is going to be thrilling, isn't it, Mr. Cranston?
Lamont Cranston: Yes, and dangerous, too. Particularly for you.
Phoebe Lane: For me? Why?
Lamont Cranston: Well, when the crooks start shooting it seems they pick off the girl first.
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Silly and Weak
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This time the Shadow has a radio show. Everyone seems to know he is LaMont Cranston. He is at the behest of radio executives and newspaper men and always seems to have trouble getting to the studio on time. There is so much potential in the Shadow's character to come up with a first rate noir film. What do we get. A poor man's Nick Charles who is glib and silly. A plot that is, at best, confusing. There are characters coming at each other from all directions, but ultimately the Shadow knows. He is unflappable and self centered. The problem is that above all else he is dull and uninteresting. I would bet you that given a 1930's audience and a slight rewrite of the screenplay, no one would even know this movie is based on the wonderful old radio show.


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