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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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Walter B. Gibson (story "The Ghost of the Manor") (as Maxwell Grant), Al Martin (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Lamont Cranston
Agnes Anderson ... Marcia Delthern (as Lynn Anders)
James Blakeley ... Jasper Delthern
Walter McGrail ... Winstead Comstock
William Kellogg William Kellogg ... Humphrey Comstock (as Bill Kellogg)
Cy Kendall ... Brossett
Kenneth Harlan ... Captain Breen
Norman Ainsley Norman Ainsley ... Hendricks
John St. Polis ... Caleb Delthern
Wilson Benge ... Wellington
John Carnivale John Carnivale ... Warran Berranger
James C. Morton ... Kelly (as James Morton)


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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Did You Know?


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


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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The Power Of Illusion At His Command
3 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Former silent screen matinée idol Rod LaRocque stars as the famous radio detective The Shadow in The Shadow Strikes. Modern fans will remember the film with Alec Baldwin in the Nineties playing criminologist Lamont Cranston aka The Shadow.

The Shadow has a real bag of tricks and the power of illusion at his command. He's not a superhero as such with any real superpowers, but his knack for remaining inconspicuous while waiting to strike was what radio audiences thrilled to.

Unfortunately this film was made by the short lived Grand National studios, a B picture company with limited budget and consequently limited production values. At a major studio even in their B picture unit The Shadow would have fared better.

As it LaRocque is fine in the part and in this case as The Shadow he foils a robbery at a lawyer's office. When the police come he pretends to be that lawyer and the police captain accompanies LaRocque on an errand to a rich man's home who called and wanted the attorney to draw up a new will. But before that could happen John St. Polis playing the rich Mr. Delthern is shot by a sniper.

The plot gets thicker than an Irish stew. But the story was a serviceable murder mystery without the whole Shadow gimmick which wasn't utilized to the max. That must have disappointed fans back in 1937.

Always good is Cy Kendall who plays a gambler/racketeer who has a vested interest in that will. The heavyset Kendall is always playing bad guys in modern dress and in westerns.

Still bad production values from Grand National don't augur well for viewers who might want to see The Shadow Strikes.

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Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Colony Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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