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The Shadow Returns (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 16 February 1946 (USA)
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 (uncredited)

Writer:

George Callahan (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kane Richmond ... Lamont Cranston
Barbara Read ... Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
Tom Dugan ... Shrevvie
Joseph Crehan ... Police Insp. Cardona
Pierre Watkin ... Police Commissioner J.R. Weston
Robert Emmett Keane ... Charles Frobay
Frank Reicher ... Michael Hasdon
Lester Dorr ... William Monk
Rebel Randall ... Lenore Jessup
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Joseph Yomans, aka Paul Breck
Sherry Hall Sherry Hall ... Robert Buell
Cyril Delevanti ... John Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Chandler ... Shrevvie [replaced by Tom Dugan] (scenes deleted)
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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 jewels, hidden laboratories and secret formulas. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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HIS GUNS SPEAK A SONG OF DEATH! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sombra Retorna See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Monday 9 January 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 27 April 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Followed by The Missing Lady (1946) See more »

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comedy ruins the mystery
22 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Second attempt at turning the radio character into a movie series. This time out its Kane Richmond as Lamont Cranston and his alter ego the Shadow. Here he has no power to cloud men's minds, instead he wears a mask and a fedora. Here he is investigating the smuggling of jewels in coffins and the deaths the occur around it.

Very comedic the film has almost no suspense despite its best efforts. The broad comedy simply cuts across the mystery and takes away from feeling of danger. The ploy almost works, however about two thirds of the way through the film the mashing of styles becomes too much and the back and forth nature of the plot (There are only really three locations, the commissioner's office, the dead man's house and a warehouse) interest dissipates and you get the feeling you'd really like to just jump to the end to see who the killer is.

Worth trying but only on cable.


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