Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Recommended Radio Episodes #1

Here are 4 recommended episodes of The Shadow!  Each of these has a common theme - The Shadow's ability to cloud the minds of men.  I'm going to put them into pairs of two with a few brief notes.



I've paired these two episodes together because they both give us listeners insight into Lamont Cranston's powers to cloud men's minds.  They also let us know how and where he learned these powers!  Death House Rescue was the very first Shadow episode, so you'll want to pay attention to the very beginning of the show when Lamont and Margo are talking.  Then, in The Temple Bells of Neban, someone from Cranston's past shows up and they challenge to take away The Shadow's powers in a mind-power showdown!


  • The Shadow Challenged  (January 19, 1941)
  • Death Stalks The Shadow (October 9, 1938)

I've paired these two episodes together because in both of them, The Shadow's powers of invisibility almost bring his doom!  In The Shadow Challenged, someone is killing professors that are translating an ancient manuscript.  The murderer claims he is The Shadow!  This story also gives some insight into how Lamont Cranston gained his powers.  In Death Stalks The Shadow, a master mind criminal determines how to build a Shadow-proof trap that he uses to catch and kill The Shadow.  Will he succeed?  You'll have to listen to the episode and find out!

I've tried not to put too much information about the episodes here so that you can give them a listen and see how the stories all connect!  I hope you enjoy these recommendations.  I'll try to make this a regular (or semi-regular) feature here on the blog!





Thursday, October 4, 2018

Margo Lane Trivia #2

While Margo Lane was part of the cast of The Shadow radio show from the very first episode (September 26, 1937), it would be four years until she appeared in the pages of The Shadow magazine.  Margo first appeared in the story, "The Thunder King" which was the June 15, 1941 issue.  


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Help! Recommendations For The Shadow Halloween Episodes


I'm looking for some help from my fellow Shadow fans for an upcoming article!  I want to put together a list of The Shadow radio episodes that would be great to listen to for Halloween.  I'm compiling a list of my own, and have had some recommendations come in on Twitter.  For example, I have "The Black Abbott" and "Mansion of Madness."   I will also list "Halloween in Vermont" although it is a lost episode.

Do you have any suggestions?  If so, please add them in the comments below!  Thank you!!!


Monday, September 3, 2018

Lamont Cranston Trivia #2

In The Shadow radio episode "Death Shows the Way" (aired on December 3, 1939), we learn that Allan is the name of Lamont Cranston's butler!  The beginning of this episode is comical as Lamont and Allan argue over what Allan is packing for Lamont's weekend trip.  Lamont tells Allan that he's only going away for the weekend, not for a trip around the world!  Allan says he won't send Lamont anywhere "without the proper appointments."  It turns out Allan is trying to impress the butler of the family Lamont will be visiting!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Shadow Comics Presents The Shadow Radio!

Shadow Comics #23 (on sale December 24, 1942*) had an interesting addition to the comic book!  Not only did it have Shadow stories, it also had a four page look at The Shadow radio program.  It offered readers "the exclusive story behind...the cast of radio's The Shadow!"


First, we are given a one-page biography of William Johnstone who played Lamont Cranston/The Shadow beginning with the second season (replacing Orson Welles).


Then we have a brief bio of Marjorie Anderson who portrayed the lovely Margo Lane in seasons 3 and 7.


Finally, we are given insight into The Shadow's impact on society and how it truly teaches listeners that crime does not pay!


Here is a picture of William Johnstone and Marjorie Anderson from the New York Public Library digital collection.



I don't have a lot of information on Shadow Comics, but what research I've done indicates that The Shadow in the comics closely mirrors the character from the radio show.  This four page article seems to keep that connection going!

*According to Mike's Amazing World of Comics


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lamont Cranston Trivia #1

In the radio episode "The Shadow Returns" (aired November 19, 1939) we discover that Lamont Cranston has some medical training.  In the episode, he has to perform surgery - even after he's been wounded!  It isn't disclosed where he was trained, but it is an interesting piece of trivia!




Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Shadow's Powers and Abilities

The Shadow on the radio show displays quite a few powers and abilities.  I wanted to catalog them in one article, and this is the start!  As I hear of new ones, I will add them.  I've included the radio episode in which the power/ability is displayed!

Powers

  • He can cloud men's minds so that they cannot see him (making him invisible)!  This power is a part of every Shadow episode, but we learn some background information in Death House Rescue and The Temple Bells of Neban.
  • He can see the thoughts of others as if he were watching a TV show.  (Death House Rescue)
  • He can make others see things that are not really there.  (The Three Ghosts)
  • He can place himself in suspended animation so as to appear dead.  (Can The Dead Talk)


Abilities

  • Lamont Cranston can fly an airplane.  (Black Rock)
  • He has medical training and can perform operations. (The Shadow Returns)
  • He has extensive knowledge of African animals. (The Leopard Strikes)