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The Shadow Strikes (1937)

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 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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Scourge of the underworld!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Colony Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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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A Lame Shadow
6 February 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Third-rate programmer that trades on mystique of radio's The Shadow, but without the substance. The mystery part never gels, the many characters too crowded to get a handle on. Then too, the loose storyline fails to build enough interest to generate needed suspense. The basic problem, as I see it, is with a poorly constructed script. For geezers like me who tuned into radio's Shadow, this mystery man does little more than make an occasional half-baked appearance. No 'clouding men's minds' or any other of his fascinating spectral powers.

Too bad actor LaRocque wasn't cast as a gentleman sleuth minus all the Shadow folderol. He's perfect as a William Powell type, needing a whiskey instead of a cape. Except for the youthfully uncertain Blakeley-- who soon went into the production end-- the acting is better than the material. On the other hand, the dim budget shows up in the many scenes that rarely leave studio interiors. All in all, it's a substandard programmer and a dis-service to a memorable radio program.


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