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Behind the Mask (1946)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 May 1946 (USA)
Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont ... See full summary »

Directors:

Phil Karlson, William Beaudine (uncredited)

Writers:

Arthur Hoerl (story), George Callahan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kane Richmond ... The Shadow / Lamont Cranston
Barbara Read ... Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
George Chandler ... Shrevvie
Dorothea Kent ... Jennie Delaney
Joseph Crehan ... Police Inspector Cardonna
Pierre Watkin ... Police Commissioner Weston
Robert Shayne ... Brad Thomas
June Clyde ... Edith Merrill
James Cardwell ... Jeff Mann
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Mae Bishop
Joyce Compton ... Lulu
Edward Gargan ... Detective Dixon
Lou Crosby Lou Crosby ... Marty Greene
Bill Christy Bill Christy ... Copy Boy
Nancy Brinckman ... Susan
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Storyline

Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont tries to discover his identity, but he is continually hampered from gaining crucial evidence by his jealous, interfering fiancée Margo Lane. Cranston perseveres and is rewarded with the clue he needs at one of Mann's victims' nightclubs. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Behind the Mask See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Monogram Pictures production number 4601. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Missing Lady (1946) See more »

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21 July 2010 | by bobbyhollywoodSee all my reviews

My vote is the vote I would have given when I first saw Kane Richmond as The Shadow, not positive that this was that movie, however, it was in the 1940's, then later in the 1950's on television when I saw it. Since that time I have collected quite a bit about this character, and here is some of it.

The Shadow was a magazine/booklet that was at news stands/bookstores in the early 1930's. A radio show was brought into being, and at first The Shadow was the person who introduced the drama and the actors. Then at a later date, Orson Welles started playing the lead character of The Shadow who really was Lamont Cranston wealthy man-about-town, who's lovely girlfriend was Margo Lane. Lamont Cranston received schooling in the far east by his teacher known as Tenga who could communicate with Lamont via their minds, and he taught Lamont the "power to cloud men's minds." Of course he could cloud Women's as well. This show was on radio for many years. There were a few movies made with the character of The Shadow.


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