Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
One of radios most memorable dramas, The Shadow chronicled
the adventures of Lamont Cranston and his companion Margo Lane.
As The Shadow, Cranston used a hypnotic power to cloud mens
minds so that they cannot see him. This power was routinely
used to battle crime lords, mad scientists, psychopaths and even
werewolves, all of whom learned from The Shadow that the
weed of crime bears bitter fruit
crime does not pay!
The Shadow first appeared on radio in 1930, as the narrator of
CBS Detective Story Hour. By 1932, the character was
the star of his own show and soon became the hero, rather than the
Frank Readick played the role of the Shadow until the show left
the air in 1935. When The Shadow returned in 1937, the title
role was played by 22-year old Orson Welles, with Agnes Moorehead
as Margo Lane. The Shadow was later played by radio veteran Bill
Johnstone (1938-1943) and Chicago-born actor Bret Morrison, who
assumed the role from 1945 until the shows last broadcast
The Shadow was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
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