Friday, June 29, 2018
The Tenor With the Broken Voice
Here's a brief synopsis and notes of The Shadow radio episode, "The Tenor With The Broken Voice" that originally aired on June 5, 1938. (Note: I've seen other dates listed as the original air date, but the June 5 date is based on what I found at a vintage radio log.)
Margo Lane and Lamont Cranston attend a night at the opera to watch the opera "Pagliacci." They both comment on their anticipation to hear the star, Hagen Radcoffe, as he sings the aria "Vesti la giubba" which closes out the first act. As Radcoffe sings the aria, the audience is shocked as Radcoffe's voice cracks and he is led off the stage.
Replacement singers are brought in for other performances and death and tragedy strike them as they sing the "Vesi la giubba" aria. Cranston, as The Shadow, investigates and foils the villain before he can set off an explosion in the crowded opera house!
It's interesting to see the conflict between Commissioner Weston and The Shadow as they both work to solve the crime and keep the public safe. I also enjoyed hearing Detective Joe Cardona and The Shadow's agent, Clyde Burke, in this adventure.
Lamont Cranston/The Shadow: Orson Wells
Margo Lane: Margot Stevenson
Announcer: Ken Roberts (some have noted that Roberts may have played the part of one of the tenors in this episode!)
Sponsor: B. F. Goodrich