"The King of Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ The Whispering Sh
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment and Mascot Pictures present...."The Whispering Shadow" (1933) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 chapter cliffhanger from a suspenseful early sound Mascot serial era featuring an outstanding cast with directors Albert Herman and Colbert Clark at the helm....story line keeps you guessing as to who the mysterious criminal known as "The Whispering Shadow" is and when will he strike again...is this villain way ahead of the times with radio rays and television that controls his henchman...what does the wax museum and Professor Strang (Bela Lugosi) have to do with the murder of Jack Norton's (Malcolm McGregor) brother (George J. Lewis)...are there jewels within the plot and are they hidden in the transport warehouse, who will discover them first...we have several suspects that may be "The Whispering Shadow", is it Professor Strange (Lugosi), Alexia Steinbeck (Roy D'Arcy), Mr. Jerome (Lafe McKee) or Jasper Slade (Bob Kortman), or could it be someone you've never suspected...don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "King of the World"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter
Under director's Albert Herman & Colbert Clark, producer Nat Levine, supervising editor Wyndham Gittens, original screenplay by Barney Sarecky, George Morgan, Norman Hall, Colbert Clark and Wyndham Gittens, musical score by Lee Zahler, stunts by Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker and George Magrill (stunt double for Bela Lugosi)...the cast includes Bela Lugosi (Prof. Anton Strang), Viva Tattersall (Vera Strang), Robert Warwick (Det. Robert Raymond), Roy D'Arcy (Prof. Alexis Steinbeck), Karl Dane (Sparks-dispatcher), Malcolm MeGregor (Jack Foster), George J. Lewis (Bud Foster), Lafe McKee (Mr. Jerome-company vice president), Tom London (Dupont-henchman), Yakima Canutt (Detective), Bob Kortman (Jasper Slade-escaped convict), Henry B. Walthall (J.D. Bradley-company president).....special footnote, this was actor Bela Lugosi's first serial and he handled it like the professional he was, all serial-buffs and Bela Lugosi fans should find this very rewarding and entertaining, Lugosi gained fame when he played "Count Dracula" in the legendary 1927 Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, continued for three years, and was subsequently, and memorably, filmed by Tod Browning in 1931, establishing Lugosi as one of the screen's greatest personifications of pure evil.....meanwhile back to our Mascot Serial which is always good till the last drop and this serial is no exception...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there...all courtesy of VCI Entertainment, who in my humble opinion is the best there is in restoring early serials and features.
1. Bela Lugosi (aka: Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko)
Birth Date: October 20, 1882 - Lugos, Hungary.
Died: August, 16 1956 - Los Angeles, California, USA. (heart attack)
1. Master Magician
2. The Collapsing Room
3. The All-Seeling Eye
4. The Shadow Strikes
5. Wanted For Murder
6. The Man Who Was Czar
7. The Double Room
8. The Red Circle
9. The Fatal Secret
10.The Death Warrant
12.King of the World
If you're into vintage serials as I am, why not pick up a copy of the following titles from VCI Home Video:
VCI CLIFFHANGER TRAILERS:
1. Adventures of Red Ryder (Don "Red" Barry)
2. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (Bobby Jordan)
3. Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe)
4. Captain Midnight (Dave O'Brien)
5. Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (Judd Holdren & I. Stanford Jolley)
6. Dick Tracy's G-Men (Ralph Byrd)
7. Don Winslow of the Navy (Don Terry)
8. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (Don Terry)
9. Drums of Fu Manchu (Henry Brandon)
10.Fighting Kit Carson (Johnny Mack Brown)
11.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Buster Crabbe)
12.The Green Archer (Victory Jory)
13.Jungle Girl (Frances Gifford)
14.Jungle Jim (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)
15.Lost City of the Jungle (Russell Hayden & Keye Luke)
16.Mandrake the Magician (Warren Hull & Dick Curtis)
17.Miracle Rider (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)
18.The Painted Stallion (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)
19.The Phantom (Tom Tyler)
20.The Return of Chandu (Bela Lugosi)
21.Riders of Death Valley (Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo & Buck Jones)
22.Secret Agent X-9 (1937) (Scott Kolk & Henry Brandon)
23.Secret Agent X-9 (1945) (Lloyd Bridges & Keye Luke)
24.Sky Raiders (Donald Woods & Billy Halop)
25.Undersea Kingdom (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)
26.Winners of the West (Dick Foran, Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft & Charles Stevens)
27.Zane Greys "King of the Royal Mounted" (Allan "Rocky" Lane)
28.Zorro's Cliffhanger Collection (Reed Hadley, John Carroll & Linda Stirling)
Coming soon January 2006 from VCI Home Video on DVD..."FLAMING FRONTIERS" (1938), Universal Serial with 15 chapters, featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Eleanor Hansen, John Archer, James Blaine and Ralph Bowman..."OREGON TRAIL" (1939), another Universal Serial with 15 exciting chapters featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Roy Barcoft and Charles King..."THE TALL TEXAN" (1953), full length feature starring Lloyd Bridges, Lee J Cobb, Luther Adler and Marie Windsor...watch for more details on VCI Entertainment and Amazon your two favorite sites for serials and B-Westerns.
Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "The Whispering Shadow" (1933), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s, '40s & '50s...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just the way we like 'em
Total Time: 228 mins on 2 VHS ~ VCI Entertainment 1727 ~ (11/01/2000)"
The sinister Professor Strang--Bela Lugosi no less
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 07/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Actually the good (or is he good?) professor is the focal point of this serial. Basic plot line has the young hero tracking down his brother's murderer who is known as the whispering shadow; and it sure as heck looks like Professor Strang is one and the same. One little difficulty, our hero falls in love with the professor's daughter while he's trying to prove that her dad is a criminal mastermind. I don't think I'm spoiling the plot for anybody if I suggest that maybe Bela isn't the bad guy after all, although he does a darn good job of trying to convince us he is! The other review here complains about the long flashbacks. Don't forget, this is a 13 chapter serial which was originally shown one chapter a week over a three month period, so the flashbacks are obviously necessary. And no, they should not be edited out for today's audiences...we serial fans want them exactly as they were. btw, I do suggest viewing this serial a chapter a day, or at least no more than three chapters a day. That way, you will get more out of it with less feeling of repetition."
Bela's First Serial...
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein | under the rubble | 07/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bela Lugosi is Professor Strang, magician and owner / operator of Strang's Wax Works And House Of Mystery. Is he also the notorious Whispering Shadow? A thief has hidden the czar's crown jewels somewhere in the warehouse of the Empire Storage Company. Everyone is after them! Empire's top employee, Foster, watched his younger brother murdered at the hands of the Shadow and his gang of thugs. He now seeks revenge and will stop at nothing to put an end to the sinister criminal. Keep your eye on the jewels! They jump from person to person, box to box, like a crazy shell game! Who will end up with them? You won't find out in these first six chapters, but the fun never stops! Enough shootouts, explosions, truck hijacks, and fisticuffs to keep you biting those nails! Be sure to get vol. 2..."
Weak Plot, Weak Acting
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 02/11/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A rather weak 12-episode serial (228 minutes) starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi plays Professor Strang, the strange owner of a wax museum, who is accused of being the "Whispering Shadow" that has been terrorizing the drivers of a storage warehouse in search of some priceless jewels. Aside from a few of the veteran actors (Lugosi, Henry B. Walthall of Birth of a Nation fame, and Karl Dane, who was excellent in silent films like The Big Parade), the acting in this serial is pretty bad (comical at times). The epsiodes do not flow together very well (a lot of long flashbacks are used which was probably very appropriate when it was first released, but are quite redundant in video form). The numerous silent fist fighting scenes are odd (where did the sound go?) and tiring. Karl Dane is genuninely comical in his role as the dopey radio dispatcher. Unfortunately, Shadow would prove to be his last acting credit as he would commit suicide the next year (his thick Danish accent getting in the way of employment in the Talkies era). It's interesting to watch those old vehicles in the car chasing scenes. I am the worst at whodunnits, but I was able to guess the Shadow's identity by the second episode."