The Shadow Show

January 22, 2004

Several very old episodes of /”The Shadow/” from late ‘30s radio are mixed together, with a young Orson Welles playing The Shadow in most of them. Playboy Lamont Cranston, who has the power to cloud mens’ minds, moves invisibly through plots ranging from the deadly burning man contaminated by a radium experiment, to the mad director of a sanitation department who schemes to poison the citys water supply, to the haunted mansion in which an old hag keeps children she and her hunchback son have kidnapped. He is followed by his reporter girlfriend, Margo, and a whole bunch of old and new songs about shadows and their moods. Among the music, Raymond Scotts Microphone Music backs up these murky radio landscapes with his uniquely wacky jazz from the late ’30s. An extended look at this melodramatic old radio pulp fiction and Orson Welles’ fairly forgotten role in it.

3 Hours

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