"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)
This was Orson Welles' last episode as The Shadow at the end of the Winter season.
"As you sew evil, so shall you reap evil. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!" -the voice was that of Frank Readick, the most famous & creepy voice of "The Shadow."
Another great Shadow adventure. Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead will always be my favorite Shadow and Margo Lane Team. Long live the Shadow.
Any additional comments?
The Shadow stories are short and enjoyable but they can be difficult to hear due to the age of the original media. I prefer the stronger voice of Bret Morrison over Bill Johnstone, Bret's voice carries more cleanly across the years of the aging media storage.
Try to listen to these audio stories at home or with some serious noise canceling headphones. It will make the listening time more enjoyable. Stories vary in quality of writing. Pick these up in the sets of audio instead of individuals.
This one was read by Orson Welles. The district attorney has been threatened.