5.7/10
327
17 user 4 critic

International Crime (1938)

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

Writers:

Theodore A. Tinsley (story "Foxhound") (as Maxwell Grant), Jack Natteford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

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
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.

Director: Philip Ford
Stars: Adele Mara, Warren Douglas, William Frawley
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs away scared that he may have killed him - he did not. From a book "Woman in the Dark" by Dashiell Hammett.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.

Director: Laslo Benedek
Stars: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens
The Shadow (1940)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

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
Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, Tom Dugan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An aerospace engineer (Ladd) ignores a policeman (Steiger) and hunts down a gang of juvenile delinquents.

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Alan Ladd, Rod Steiger, Michael Callan
The Big Combo (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille
Counterplot (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Man hides out in Puerto Rico from the police and his double-crossing attorney.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Allison Hayes, Gerald Milton
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Lamont Cranston
Astrid Allwyn ... Phoebe Lane
Thomas E. Jackson ... Commissioner Weston (as Thomas Jackson)
Oscar O'Shea ... Heath
Lew Hearn ... Moe
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Flotow (as Wm. von Brincken)
Tenen Holtz ... Starkhov
William Pawley ... Honest John (as Wm. Pawley)
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Burke (as Wm. Moore)
John St. Polis ... Roger Morton
Jack Baxley Jack Baxley ... Matthews
Walter Bonn Walter Bonn ... Steffen
Harry C. Bradley ... Barrows (as Harry Bradley)
Will Stanton ... Lush
Edit

Storyline

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 passes the friendly stage with Police Commissioner Weston (Thomas E. Jackson). He complains to his managing editor, Edward Heath (Oscar O'Shea), over the problems that have developed in his department since Phoebe Lane (Astrid Allwyn) has been hired as his assistant. He is advised to forget it since she is the publisher's niece. During his broadcast about Honest John (William Pawley), a famous safe cracker who has served his time, Phoebe gives him a note that the Metropolitan Theatre is to be robbed at eight o'clock and she is so insistent that he adds it as his closing note. Off the air, he learns she got the information from a man she met in a café who had an honest face. Cranston goes to the theatre where Weston and his men have gathered and, of course, nothing happens but, across town, a safe is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

CRIME DIDN'T PAY WHEN THIS MASTER DETECTIVE STEPPED IN! (original poster - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'accusatore segreto See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lew Hearn made occasional appearances on "The Jack Benny Program" radio show starting around 1935 as the character "Schlepperman". His trademark was saying, "Hello, stranger," using his distinctive accent just as he does in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe Lane: This is going to be thrilling, isn't it, Mr. Cranston?
Lamont Cranston: Yes, and dangerous, too. Particularly for you.
Phoebe Lane: For me? Why?
Lamont Cranston: Well, when the crooks start shooting it seems they pick off the girl first.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Invisible Avenger (1958) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
The Shadow turns celebrity newspaper columnist
24 May 2004 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

A strange little offshoot of the Shadow mythos. Definitely the better of the two Shadow movies starring Rod La Rocque. This time, Lamont Cranston is a crusading crime journalist who writes a daily column entitled "The Shadow"! He does not wear the famous cloak and slouch hat, has no mind powers and everybody knows that he is the Shadow. His assistant is Phoebe Lane, who is cute and dizzy and not much relation to the superior Margo Lane at all. The film is based on the wise-cracking style of "The Thin Man" and occasionally delivers a genuinely funny moment. But for the most part this is a pretty dull murder mystery involving foreign agents. Completely lacking in the film noir, supernatural atmosphere of the radio series and the magazine. A curiosity but hardly The Shadow we know and love.


19 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed