4.9/10
282
18 user 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Lynn Shores

Writers:

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

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson
The Shadow (1940)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Shadow battles a villain known as The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death ray.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore
Mystery Liner (1934)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Noah Beery, Astrid Allwyn, Edwin Maxwell
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Dick Tracy (1945)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a teenage boy named Billy Batson is given the power to become an adult superhero, Captain Marvel, with a single magic word: "Shazam!"

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.

Director: Graham Cutts
Stars: Arthur Wontner, Isla Bevan, Ian Hunter
Flash Gordon (1936)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton
Romance | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly
Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

the shadow | murder | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Scourge of the underworld!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra Ataca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Colony Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Right after Detective Kelly whisked the two thieves away to the station, Captain Breen encountered 'Randall' (Rod La Rocque) picking up the documents that had fallen on the floor during the attempted robbery. All the ones he had in his hand were neatly folded with a stack of envelopes, which he placed back on the floor when Captain Breen walked in. However when Henry entered the room, the first thing he picked up was a long unfolded sheet of paper. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed