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Music director  Edward J. Kay
Country  United States
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Duration  
Language  English
The Shadow Returns movie poster
Director  Phil Rosen William Beaudine (uncredited)
Release date  February 16, 1946 (1946-02-16)
Writer  George Callahan (original screenplay)
Directors  Phil Rosen, William Beaudine
Screenplay  Walter B. Gibson, George Callahan
Cast  Kane Richmond (Lamont Cranston), Barbara Read (Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)), Tom Dugan (Shrevvy), Joseph Crehan (Police Insp. Cardona), Pierre Watkin (Police Commissioner J.R. Weston), Robert Emmett Keane (Charles Frobay)
Similar movies  The Shadow, International Crime, The Invisible Avenger, The Missing Lady, Behind the Mask, The Shadow
Tagline  HIS GUNS SPEAK A SONG OF DEATH!

The Shadow Returns is a 1946 American comedy crime film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Kane Richmond, Barbara Read and Tom Dugan. It features the pulp character The Shadow, already a popular hero of novels and a radio show. It was the first in a series of three films released by Monogram in 1946 starring Richmond in the role.

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Premise

Private detective Lamont Cranston steps in to solve a murder for the police with the assistance of his alter ego The Shadow.

Cast

  • Kane Richmond as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow
  • Barbara Read as Margo Lane
  • Tom Dugan as Shrevvy
  • Joseph Crehan as Police Insp. Cardona
  • Pierre Watkin as Police Commissioner J.R. Weston
  • Robert Emmett Keane as Charles Frobay
  • Frank Reicher as Michael Hasdon
  • Lester Dorr as William Monk
  • Rebel Randall as Lenore Jessup
  • Emmett Vogan as Joseph Yomans, aka Paul Breck
  • Sherry Hall as Robert Buell
  • Cyril Delevanti as John Adams, the Butler
  • Reception

    The New York Times called The Shadow Returns "the first of three above-average Monogram features" but that the character Margo Lane, an intelligent and resourceful character on the radio series, was portrayed as a "blithering idiot" and that Margo came off "far stupider than the film's official comedy relief, Cranston's chauffeur Shrevvie". The Shadow Returns was thought to be "an entertaining mystery" and the disappearing gimmick considered "handled with subtlety and inventiveness" by director Phil Rosen.

    Sequels

    The film was followed by two sequels, Behind the Mask (1946) and The Missing Lady (1946), with Kane Richmond and Barbara Read reprising their roles.

    References

    The Shadow Returns Wikipedia
    The Shadow Returns IMDb The Shadow Returns themoviedb.org


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