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Invisible Avenger (1958)

Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow, investigates the murder of a New Orleans bandleader.

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George Bellak (adapted from a screenplay by), Ruth Jeffries (adapted from a screenplay by) (as Betty Jeffries)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Derr ... Lamont Cranston
Mark Daniels ... Jogendra
Helen Westcott ... Tara O'Neill
Jack Doner Jack Doner ... Billy Sanchez
Jeanne Neher Jeanne Neher ... Felicia Ramirez
Steve Dano Steve Dano ... Tony Alcalde
Dan Mullin Dan Mullin ... Pablo Ramirez / Victor Ramirez
Leo Bruno Leo Bruno ... Ramon 'Rocco' Martinez
Lee Edwards Lee Edwards ... The Colonel
Sam Page Sam Page ... Charlie
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Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow, investigates the murder of a New Orleans bandleader.

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Shuddering thrills... as the Shadow Man strikes!


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bourbon Street Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Until the Alec Baldwin film The Shadow (1994), this served as the only Shadow film in which he could turn invisible (a power he had on radio but not in the pulps). See more »

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Follows International Crime (1938) See more »

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Video Killed the Radio Star
16 June 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"The legendary mind-clouding man of mystery is back in this film noir tale set in New Orleans, where nothing is ever as it seems. Exiled Spanish leader Pablo Ramirez is hiding out on Bourbon Street as plans are laid to overthrow the oppressive dictatorship that currently exists in his country. A fascist generalissimo has planted assassins in the city to dispose of Ramirez and thwart his impending coup d'etat. Lamont Cranston (Richard Derr) - aka the Shadow - is summoned to protect Ramirez and thus ensure a successful revolution. The Shadow summons up his supernatural powers of hypnosis and invisibility to save Ramirez and stop his enemies' diabolical exploits," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

This TV try-out may be re-edited to include the execution footage, which seems a little heavy for 1950s television - or, maybe did they did show executions in westerns back then - anyway, the eerie "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men… the Shadow knows!" line interrupting the drama a couple of times perfectly illustrates why this series was successful on the radio - and, also, why this visual representation was unsuccessful; the picture simply does not live up to the mystery inherent in the series' famous catchphrase. Mr. Derr is a good lead, but not very mysterious; mystical sidekick Mark Daniels (as Jogendra), creepy Dan Mullin (as Pablo & Victor Ramirez), and shadowy James Wong Howe are interesting.

***** The Shadow: Invisible Avenger (12/2/58) James Wong Howe ~ Richard Derr, Mark Daniels, Dan Mullin


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