"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!"
"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)
Brett Morrison gives one of the greatest performances of all time. Nearly as electrifying as Orson Welles.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I really loved listening to The Shadow. These recordings are very hard to hear. No road noise, no loud room noise, etc can be going on when listening to these. Sometimes Margo doesn't speak into the microphone, sometimes the extra music and sound effects are louder than the voices. This is likely the way it was originally broadcast but it really does take quiet nights to hear these with any clarity.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Bizarre nursery rhymes.