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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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Lynn Shores

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

Complete credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Lamont Granston
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 Wilson Benge ... Wellington
John Carnivale John Carnivale ... Warren Berranger
James C. Morton ... Kelly (as James Morton)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra Ataca See more »

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Colony Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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OK but done on a low budget
5 August 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

With veteran heavy Cy Kendall and versatile movie cop Kenneth Harlan in support, and the extremely experienced and suave Rod LaRocque in a popular product "The Shadow", this film is somewhat of a disappointment in comparison to what it could have been. LaRocque gives us a supremely confident Cranston in a poised performance. LaRocque, a large, very tall man, wisely had perfected the art of downplaying since his entrance into talking pictures and he is fine here. But he should be surrounded with a vigorous director and some more active styled performers. This film falls into the unfortunate detective- filmmaker's pitfall namely: lack of energy.

Whatever Colony Pictures was or wasn't, it certainly was a cheap outfit. While competent and watchable, this film lacks any spark in cinematography, editing or overall direction, apparently due to lack of funds. The plot is a basically solid detective mystery, but the execution of it was sort of loosely thrown together for filming in as few days as possible.

Considering LaRocque's strong screen presence and the generally adequate efforts of the mostly discount cast, a fan of the black and white mystery/detective genre will find this film OK and representative of the genre in the bargain-basement sense.


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