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Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on March 19, 1939.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane". Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"

Hear more tales of The Shadow individually, or pick them up in collected editions!
© and (P)2006 Radio Spirits Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As one of the basic prototypes of what has come to be called Pop Art, the Shadow is unique and irreplaceable, a legend in his own time. A classic character who looms slouch hat and shoulders above all others of his kind, he is an inevitable as a guilty conscience, an unseen power that awakens within all of us our most deep-rooted fears of mortal retribution. There has never been a force quite like him." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)

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The Mind Reader.

The Shadow had to outwit a mind reader who has discovered the Shadows true identity. With a very clever trick the Shadow wins the day. Crime doesn't pay.

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
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The Shadow meets a master of the mind

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A man gives a demonstration of his hypnosis and telepathy skills. He is certainly a master of the mind and he has in store some incredible ideas for The Shadow.