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The Shadow Strikes
The Shadow Strikes
Actors: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley, Walter McGrail, William Kellogg
Director: Lynn Shores
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     1hr 1min

Platform:  DVD MOVIE Publisher:  ALPHA VIDEO Packaging:  DVD STYLE BOX A rich man is killed in the process of writing his will. The phantom crime-fighter Lamont Cranston (a.k.a. the Shadow) finds numerous suspects - each w...  more »


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Actors: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley, Walter McGrail, William Kellogg
Director: Lynn Shores
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Original Release Date: 10/29/1937
Theatrical Release Date: 10/29/1937
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 1min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Rod La Rocque is "The Shadow".
James McDonald | Southern California | 09/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Note: I can not say that The Shadow Strikes depicts the "The Shadow" in all its glory. However, for a true representation of "The Shadow" as intended, just as chilling as the radio program (if you want The Shadow with the cape and the laugh that gives you goosebumps), I would recommend "The Shadow Serial" (1940), which is a Shadow collection of all 15 movie episodes by Columbia.
"The Shadow" was a popular radio program (before television sets were made for the home). In the pulp comic books, The Shadow "borrowed" the idenity "Lamont Cranston" to get into the social circles. It began on radio on the Dectective Story Hour on July 31, 1930 as a character in the story. James La Curto was the voice 1930-31 and then Frank Readick Jr. (1931-37). The program became known as "The Shadow" on September 26, 1937. Also providing the voice of the "The Shadow" was Orson Welles (1937-38), Bill Johnstone (1938-43), Bret Morrison in 1943, John Archer in 1944 and Bret Morrison again in 1945-54. The last radio program of "The Shadow" was broadcast December 26, 1954.

This is the first motion picture of "The Shadow" starring Rod La Rocque as Lamont Granston/The Shadow. This story is based upon "The Ghost of the Manor" by Maxwell Grant, from the Street and Smith Magazine.
Two thieves break into the safe of Attourney, Chester Randall, but their plans are foiled by a mysterious man who holds them up until the police arrive and then he disappears. Then the mystery man helps a wealthy old man with his Last Will and Testamnet. Suddenly the old man is shot from the window. Investigator, Lamont Granston is posing as the victim, Attourney Randall, to get closer to the suspects and solving the crime. But the police do not trust "The Shadow" (it is their first time deal with the mystery man) who is trying to help the police, but must remain unseen. While the police are after "The Shadow", he leads them to the real crooks.
Includes the Grand national Films trademark of the giant clock on the building.
Followed by: INTERNATIONAL CRIME (1938) with Rod La Rocque.
Shadow serial (1940) with Victor Jory (Columbia)
THE SHADOW RETURNS (1946) with Kane Richmond.
THE MISSING LADY (1946) with Kane Richmond.
BEHIND THE MASK (1946) with Kane Richmond.
INVISIBLE AVENGER (1958) with Richard Derr.
(aka Bourbon Street Shadows (1958),3 episodes
of unsold Shadow tv series).
THE SHADOW (1994) with Alec Baldwin.

Update: June 2010, a new "The Shadow" movie might be released in 2012.

Movie was good... DVD was average.
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I liked the film... as it is similar in style to The Thin Man and Charlie Chan series. Rod LaRoque does a great job as THE SHADOW. Having said that there are probably better prints of this film on the market."
Shadow is visible
E. D. Deuss | Phoenix, AZ | 10/25/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

""The Shadow Strikes" is nothing more than a B-movie detective story. There is nothing shadowy about the Shadow; the flm has no special effects -- I am sure the budget had no money for any effects. It's run of the mill style of B movies of the 30s. It's okay if you have no great expectations of being much entertained."