Radio listeners first heard the sinister laugh of The Shadow on July 31, 1930. This 80th anniversary treasury includes two never-before-released shows starring Orson Welles and Margot Stevenson - "Revenge on the Shadow" and "The Hospital Murders" - from previously lost transcription records. This 9-hour digitally restored and remastered collection also includes the premiere broadcast of the 1937 radio revival.
The Shadow knows! The weed of crime bears bitter fruit, and if criminals cultivate the crops, the Shadow will do the reaping! Hear the Shadow fight crime, as he becomes both the stalker and the stalked, in an assortment of tales featuring some of his most exciting encounters with some of the series' most sinister scoundrels. Whether matching wits against a spy, a madman, a monster, or a psychotic killer, he forces his foes to face the stark realization that crime does not pay!
Music, madness, death, and darkness face amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston and The Shadow. In the midst of the most classic of mystery motifs - from foreboding castles to frame ups - he unravels each remarkable riddle. From elusive treasure to conclusive evidence: How? Why? And, who dunnit? Let your curiosity lead you through two newly discovered Orson Welles episodes, available here for the first time since their original broadcasts in 1938 - "He Died at Twelve" and "The Black Buddha."
"If you love the old serials this is for you."
Radio Spirits presents The Shadow, in 18 digitally remastered episodes of the series eeriest exploits. You will join The Shadow, goaded by ghosts and vexed by snakes, as he battles strange and supposedly supernatural foes.
"The Shadow.. A walk down memory lane."
This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on March 3, 1940.
"A voice is scaring bridge workers off the bridge"
Bill Johnstone and Bret Morrison star as amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston, alias The Shadow, "a man of wealth, a student of science, and master of other people's minds" who has devoted his life to "righting wrongs, protecting the innocent, and punishing the guilty".
This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on December 22, 1940.
"Little Joey goes shopping with Lamont and Margo"
The Shadow knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men...and for some reason the thought of it made him laugh. His eerie, cast-iron chuckle rattled out of the radio, transfixing audiences of all ages with the expectation of thrills, chills, and adventure ahead. Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, and Bret Morrison don the cloak and cloud men's minds through 18 enigmatic episodes. Agnes Moorehead, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews, and Gertrude Warner watch his back with winning style as Margot Lane.
Lieutenant Ben Guthrie and Sergeant Matt Greb introduce lineups full of characters both heinous and hilarious. Go with them as they go after the most menacing of criminals in 16 gritty episodes from the 1950s, now in digitally restored sound. Radio greats Bill Johnstone, Wally Maher, and Jack Moyles are on the beat on the streets of a great American city. And things get tough when the witnesses are unreliable, unsure, unwilling - or dead.
This collection of the The Shadow contains five episodes of the classic radio series:
The Black Abbot (10/2/1938)
Death Stalks The Shadow (10/9/1938)
Night Without End (10/16/1938)
Gun Island (10/23/1938)
Prelude to Terror (1/29/1939)
The Lineup was a hard-boiled drama. Like Dragnet, it realistically showed police doing their jobs. The show always began with a police sergeant ordering suspects to stand at attention so that the victim, behind one-way glass, could try to identify the criminal. While the lineup was rarely the key to solving the case, it did give the show a rhythm and also allowed for humor in the interrogation of the suspects by the sergeant. The series began as a summer replacement for The FBI in Peace and War in 1950, but soon got its own time slot.
This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on December 3, 1939.
"The lovely Margot Lane....."
Hypnotic Death (2/12/1939)
Friend of Darkness (2/19/1939)
Appointment with Death (3/12/1939)
Can the Dead Talk? (3/19/1939)
The Man Who Murdered Time (8/20/1939)
Ghost Building (1/12/1941)
The Shadow Challenged (1/19/1941)
The Chess Club Murders (2/23/1941)
Death Rides a Broomstick (3/2/1941)
Murder Underground (3/9/1941)
The Curse of Shiva (12/1/1940)
The Voice of Death (12/8/1940)
Joey's Christmas Story (12/22/1940)
Ghost on the Stair (12/29/1940)
The Leopard Strikes (1/5/1941)
The Ghost Walks Again (3/16/1941)
Murder from the Grave (4/6/1941)
The Case of the Three Frightened Policemen (11/16/1941)
The Ring of Light (11/23/1941)
Death Speaks Twice (2/15/1942)
Dead Men Talk (9/24/1939)
The Phantom Fingerprints (10/29/1939)
Mansion of Madness (11/5/1939)
The Shadow Returns (11/19/1939)
The Sandhog Murders (11/26/1939)
Murder in the Death House (1/7/1940)
Precipice Called Death (1/21/1940)
Death on the Bridge (3/3/1940)
Oracle of Death (10/20/1940)
Carnival of Death (11/10/1940)
Death Gives an Encore (2/22/1942)
The Wailing Corpse (11/8/1942)
The Gibbering Things (9/26,1943)
Death to The Shadow (3/12/1944)
The Little Man Who Wasn't There (4/8/1945)
This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on December 17, 1939.
"The Shadow's gardener dies"