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Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
Michael Hasdon
William Monk
Rebel Randall ...
Lenore Jessup
Emmett Vogan ...
Joseph Yomans, aka Paul Breck
Sherry Hall ...
Robert Buell
Cyril Delevanti ...
John Adams
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People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders, disappearances, jewels that aren't jewels, hidden laboratories and secret formulas. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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16 February 1946 (USA)  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Thursday 27 April 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


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This detective film might just has the most stupid and annoying sidekick in film history!
19 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's rather odd that the Shadow films weren't all that good. The Shadow was a very popular character on the radio and in magazines yet the film versions of the character were, for the most part, a big failure. You would have expected more films in the series as well as better films but this is not the case--they are often pretty limp mystery stories. "The Shadow Returns" is yet another attempt to re-introduce the character--and this time Kane Richmond stars as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow. Richond was the most successful of the actors who played him, but this was only for three poor to mediocre films.

If you are unaware of The Shadow, Lamont Cranston supposedly learned some amazing hypnotic techniques in 'the East' that allow him to cloud the minds of people. He can either seem invisible or make people confess to their crimes. However, oddly, this incarnation of the character hides a lot and doesn't use his cool skills to get to the heart of matters. In many ways, he's not a lot different from The Saint or Charlie Chan--other than his cool voice and great wardrobe! The story is an odd one. As the mystery unravels, each time the police or The Shadow try to question a suspect, the suspect throws himself off the balcony to their death! Soon Cranston realizes that someone else has Shadow-like powers and they are making people kill themselves rather than confess. BUT, and this annoyed me, no one thought about just interviewing people on the first floor!!! Or, taking them into custody and handcuffing the suspects to the cops so they cannot jump. Or, handcuffing them to a heavy table or knocking them out first! Duh.

An even bigger duh is Cranston's man-servant, Shevvie. Shevvie might just be the most annoying and stupid sidekick ever. Heck, he makes Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland) from the Charlie Chan flicks seem like a rocket scientist by comparison! Shevvie just talks and talks and talks and cannot seem to shut his yap and most every minute he's on the film seems to last an eternity. So, while Kane Richmond didn't do a bad job, Shevvie (as well as Cranston's fiancée) were too annoying and steal all the focus of the film.

To make things worse, some of the story elements are just plain dumb--such as Mr. Yeoman (who OBVIOUSLY is wearing a disguise) and the use of the whip near the end of the picture. All in all, the film's dumb writing and bad writing make you wonder why anyone would have approved of making two more films in this incarnation!

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