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The Vanishing Shadow (1934)

A 12-episode serial in which a son avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade . . . ray guns, robots ... See full summary »

Director:

Lew Landers (as Louis Friedlander)

Writers:

Basil Dickey (screenplay), George Morgan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Onslow Stevens ... Stanley Stanfield
Ada Ince ... Gloria Barnett, alias Gloria Grant
Walter Miller ... Wade Barnett
James Durkin ... Prof. Carl Van Dorn
Richard Cramer ... Dorgan
William Desmond ... Newspaper Editor MacDonald
J. Frank Glendon ... John Cadwell (as Frank Glendon)
Sidney Bracey ... Denny
Monte Montague ... Badger (as Monty Montague)
Edmund Cobb ... Kent
Beulah Hutton Beulah Hutton ... Sal [Chs.2,3]
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A 12-episode serial in which a son avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade . . . ray guns, robots and a 'vanishing belt.' Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra Misteriosa See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This serial was scheduled to be shown on a weekly basis on public television during the summer of 1979. Unfortunately, most of it was pre-empted due to the coverage of the SALT II hearings. See more »

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This Was A Lot of Fun
15 May 2001 | by Kevin1963See all my reviews

In the middle 1970's, the Dade County (Miami, FL) school system, in an attempt to get kids to read, gave 7th grade students (which I was one), the script to the Vanishing Shadow. One of the TV stations broadcast all 12 episodes, which we were required to watch and read along with the script.

The show was a real blast for a 12 year old kid. I still remember the vanishing belt and the cornball dialog (which we had to act out in class the following day). I remember Ada Ince, who played Stanley's love interest, was a real babe and I remember the Stanley was my hero.

I would recommend this serial to anybody who enjoys the low-tech attempts to create high-tech effects in the 1930's. A must!


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