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The Missing Lady (1946)

A jade statue, the "missing lady", is stolen and its owner killed. Lamont Cranston, alias the Shadow, sets out to catch the killer but is blamed for the murders himself as each time he ... See full summary »

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Phil Karlson

Writer:

George Callahan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kane Richmond ... Lamont Cranston [The Shadow]
Barbara Read ... Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
George Chandler ... Shrevvie
James Flavin ... Police Insp. Cardona
Pierre Watkin ... Police Commissioner Weston
Dorothea Kent ... Jennie Delaney
James Cardwell ... Terry Blake
Claire Carleton ... Rose Dawson
Jack Overman ... Ox Walsh
Jo-Carroll Dennison ... Gilda Marsh (as Jo Carroll Dennison)
Frances Robinson ... Anne Walsh
Almira Sessions ... Miss Effie
Nora Cecil ... Miss Millie
George J. Lewis ... Jan Field (as George Lewis)
Dewey Robinson ... Harry -Bartender
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Storyline

A jade statue, the "missing lady", is stolen and its owner killed. Lamont Cranston, alias the Shadow, sets out to catch the killer but is blamed for the murders himself as each time he investigates some facet of the case another suspect is killed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A Mystery Thrill-Treat from the Annals of "The Shadow"!

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow and the Missing Lady See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Saturday 19 November 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4) and in New York City Thursday 16 February 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Follows Behind the Mask (1946) See more »

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Statue goes missing, desperadoes and detectives search
26 June 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Various shady characters seek a mysterious one-foot high statue and are willing to kill for it! However...Bogart, Greenstreet, Astor and company are nowhere to be found. Instead we have Kane Richmond in another go around as Lamont Cranston, assisted by Barbara Read as Margo Lane.

At times this picture really does want to be The Maltese Falcon; at other moments, it lurches abruptly into unapologetic silliness. (For example: the hotel is owned by two elderly sisters who bought the place solely so that they could race the twin elevators up and down.) Most of the jokes are at least funny, which makes it easy to enjoy the picture, even if it does sometimes confuse in its unevenness. Cranston's assistant, Shrevvy, is goofy; Inspector Cardona is blustery; Margo and her own sidekick Jenny have ongoing jealousy issues over Lamont's and Shrevvy's involvements with various female suspects. However, the film's serious scenes are indeed strong enough to make those sudden shifts into slapstick somewhat disappointing as well as jarring.

Oh, the Shadow? Cranston's alter ego does pop into action occasionally, but frankly, the Shadow's appearances seemed almost obligatory on the film's part...maybe that's a reason the series kind of faded away after this entry. In any case, at this distance from the film's context and its character's place in pop culture, The Missing Lady is entertaining for an hour. But warn away the purists!


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