THE SHADOW STRIKES (1937 U.S.) D: LYNN SHORES W: AL MARTIN/REX TAYLOR P: MAX and ARTHUR ALEXANDER
Popular pulp and radio hero The Shadow/Lamont Cranston (created by Walter S. Gibson) was first adapted for the big screen by Universal for a short in 1931 called THE BURGLAR TO THE RESCUE. It survives (but remains unreleased), unlike five lost sequels (TRAPPED, SEALED LIPS, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, THE RED SHADOW, THE CIRCUS SHOW-UP). This was the first feature (61 b/w mins.) version, and it has not dated well. Cranston (Rod LaRocque) stops a couple of safecrackers as The Shadow, then when the police arrive poses as a lawyer. He`s summoned to re-draft John St. Polis` will, but the man is shot dead. If you manage to stay awake, you`ll find out it involves a real estate/inheritance scam and gangsters. Cranston (who has a chauffeur sidekick) hardly ever becomes The Shadow, and a few brief edits could have easily turned it into a non-Shadow whodunnit programmer. It was made by the Alexander`s Colony Pictures (they were nephews of Carl Laemmle, and mostly churned out westerns), but released by Grand National (dig that clock logo), and there was a sequel too, INTERNATIONAL CRIME. With Walter McGrail, Cy Kendall, Kenneth Harlan, Norman Ainsley, Wilson Benge, James C. Morton, John Dilson, John Elliott, Harry Harvey, Jack Ingram and Blackie Whiteford. Shores also directed CHARLIE CHAN AT THE WAX MUSEUM.

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