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Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on January 18, 1948.

"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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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 11-05-14

Murder for an inheritance

Any additional comments?

A man thinks he is losing his mind after a rough illness, he believes he has committed 3 murders. Now The Shadow is involved to solve the crimes.

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  • Larry
  • Lawton, OK, United States
  • 07-16-13

The Shadow at his best!

What made the experience of listening to Death and the Black Fedora the most enjoyable?

The excitement and pace of the show and the incredible dialogue delivery by the actors.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death and the Black Fedora?

The appearance of the police near the end and how they got there.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene. Ha ha ha!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very exciting and well paced.

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite episodes, I have listened to it at least a half dozen times.