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The Shadow (1940)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 5 January 1940 (USA)
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

Writers:

Joseph F. Poland (screenplay) (as Joseph Poland), Ned Dandy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Victor Jory ... Lamont Cranston - aka 'The Shadow'
Veda Ann Borg ... Margot Lane
Roger Moore ... Harry Vincent
Robert Fiske ... Stanford Marshall
John Paul Jones John Paul Jones ... Mr. Turner (as J. Paul Jones)
Jack Ingram ... Flint
Chuck Hamilton ... Roberts - Henchman
Edward Peil Sr. ... Inspector Joe Cardona
Frank LaRue ... Commissioner Ralph Weston
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Storyline

Columbia's 9th serial, slotted between "Overland With Kit Carson" and "Terry and the Pirates", was intended to have Lorna Gray in the role played by Veda Ann Borg, and to have been co-directed by D. Ross Lederman and Norman Deming. The credits specified the serial was "Based upon stories published in "The Shadow Magazine", while the ads proclaimed it to be "right out of the air waves and magazine stories." What appeared was a mixture of both with Lamont Cranston the true identity of The Shadow, although Lamont Cranston was only an occasional disguise of the pulp magazine Shadow. The hypnotic invisibility of the radio character was completely ignored, as was the almost invisible "Living Shadow" of the pulps.(In the serial, the only invisible man (The Black Tiger) was the villain, as even James Horne probably realized that six to ten henchmen taking orders from an invisible man was more plausible then six to ten henchman falling all over the place from unseen blows delivered by an ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BASED UPON STORIES PUBLISHED IN "THE SHADOW" MAGAZINE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le fantôme du cirque See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1) The Doomed City, 2) The Shadow Attacks, 3) The Shadow's Peril, 4) In the Tiger's Lair, 5) Danger Above, 6) The Shadow's Trap, 7) Where Horror Waits, 8) The Shadow Rides the Rails, 9) The Devil in White, 10) The Underground Trap, 11) Chinatown Night, 12) Murder by Remote Control, 13) Wheels of Death, 14) The Sealed Room, 15) The Shadow's Net Closes. See more »

Goofs

The Black Tiger's gang stages an attack on a telephone facility by setting a truck on fire and driving it into the "Powder House" to set off the explosives. It is never explained why a telephone company would have a Powder House on the property with their other equipment. See more »

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Oh, what this could've been...
29 June 1999 | by Steve-171See all my reviews

Typical Columbia missed opportunity. Silly plot, director more at home in comedy shorts (and it shows), and a ludicrous villain with all the real menace of a banana; but it could have been bearable if they hadn't changed the Shadow himself so much. Victor Jory makes the most of the material, but now he's just a criminologist who tosses on a cloak and hat and goes around fighting evil. No invisibility (although the bad guy CAN), hardly any mocking laughter, just explosion after explosion trapping him, only to have him rise from the debris, dust himself off, and head out the door to the next explosion. Turn off the lights and go back to the radio...


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