The Shadow Strikes

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (4) from $8.34   
  • New (4) from $8.34   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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).
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 874757027197
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Time: 1:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 98,104

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod La Rocque "The Shadow"
Lynn Anders Marcia Delthern
Walter McGrail Winstead Comstock
James "Doc" Blakely Jasper Delthern
Kenneth Harlan Capt. Breen
Norman Ainsley Kendricks
Wilson Benge
Technical Credits
Lynn Shores Director
Arthur Alexander Producer
Max Alexander Producer
Charles Henkle Jr. Editor
Al Martin Screenwriter
Marcel Le Picard Cinematographer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously