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The Shadow Returns (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 16 February 1946 (USA)
People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders, disappearances, jewels that aren't ... See full summary »

Directors:

Phil Rosen, William Beaudine (uncredited)

Writer:

George Callahan (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kane Richmond ... Lamont Cranston
Barbara Read ... Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
Tom Dugan ... Shrevvie
Joseph Crehan ... Police Insp. Cardona
Pierre Watkin ... Police Commissioner J.R. Weston
Robert Emmett Keane ... Charles Frobay
Frank Reicher ... Michael Hasdon
Lester Dorr ... William Monk
Rebel Randall Rebel Randall ... Lenore Jessup
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Joseph Yomans, aka Paul Breck
Sherry Hall Sherry Hall ... Robert Buell
Cyril Delevanti ... John Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Chandler ... Shrevvie [replaced by Tom Dugan] (scenes deleted)
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People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders, disappearances, jewels that aren't jewels, hidden laboratories and secret formulas. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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HIS GUNS SPEAK A SONG OF DEATH! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sombra Retorna See more »

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Production Co:

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 Monday 9 January 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 27 April 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Followed by Behind the Mask (1946) See more »

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Invisible
14 July 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Of all the heroes and superheros of the thirties and forties, the shadow is the most intriguing. In his (Orson Welles-created) radio incarnation, he had a strange superpower. He could be invisible and apparently enter and leave any room effortlessly. On the radio, this was a great effect because of course we listeners couldn't see anything at all. So when one of the characters couldn't see another, it was a sort of narrative fold that drew us in.

Another device was a sort of demonic laugh, a sort of devilish celebration of justice.

How to transport that to cinema? The 1994 version was something of a miracle, one of the best designed movies ever. In that interpretation, the girl was decorous, the bad guy evil and the shadow genuinely invisible as well as having other superpowers.

This one is horrible in all ways except for the effort put into the comedy. The mystery isn't, though it has an interesting device, more improbable than most.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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