Shadow Strikes

Shadow Strikes

Director: Lynn Shores

Cast: Lynn Shores, Rod La Rocque, Lynn Anders, Walter McGrail

     
 

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The Shadow, the famed radio and pulp-novel hero with the mysterious power to "cloud men's minds" so that they cannot see him, was first brought to the screen by low-budget Grand National Pictures in 1937. Former matinee idol Rod LaRocque stars as the Shadow's man-about-town alter-ego Lamont Cranston, a lawyer-criminologist who occasionally adopts his celebrated… See more details below

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The Shadow, the famed radio and pulp-novel hero with the mysterious power to "cloud men's minds" so that they cannot see him, was first brought to the screen by low-budget Grand National Pictures in 1937. Former matinee idol Rod LaRocque stars as the Shadow's man-about-town alter-ego Lamont Cranston, a lawyer-criminologist who occasionally adopts his celebrated disguise to prey on the consciences of the guilty. The only person who knows the true identity of the Shadow is Cranston's faithful manservant Henry (Margot Lane, the Shadow's "constant friend and companion" who shared his secret in the radio version, does not appear in the picture). On this occasion, Cranston tries to solve the murder of a wealthy "gentleman" who had enemies galore, with suspects ranging from the victim's heirs to a gang of racketeers. Since the film's budget precluded the special effects needed to cloud men's minds, Cranston must rely on his wits -- and a none-too-concealing cloak and mask -- to outmaneuver the villains.

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
It is a sad duty to report that The Shadow Strikes, the first of four projected whodunits based on the popular comic strip, is played strictly for laughs. Which is a shame because silent screen matinee idol Rod La Roque makes a dashing hero and all the ingredients for a good crime thriller are present, including the main character's yen for disguises. But La Roque is soundly defeated by a lackluster script, a tired-looking supporting cast, and a parsimonious budget, and "The Shadow" had to wait almost 50 years to earn a vehicle at least somewhat worthy of his talents. Not surprisingly, small-scale Colony Pictures cancelled the projected series after only one sequel, International Crime (1938).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
UPC:
0874757027197
Original Release:
1937
Source:
American Pop Classic
Time:
1:02:00
Sales rank:
88,912

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