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Kane Richmond as Lamont Cranston aka The Shadow
Barbara Read as Margo Lane [credited as Barbara Reed]
George Chandler as Moe "Shrevvy" Shrevnitz
Dorothea Kent as Jennie Delaney
Pierre Watkin as Commissioner J.R. Weston
James Flavin as Inspector Cardona
Jack Overman as Ox
Frances Robinson as Anne Walsh
Jo-Carroll Dennison as Gilda Marsh [credited as Jo Carroll Dennison]
Director- Phil Karlson
Writer- George Callahan
The Missing Lady (1946): This is the
last and best of "The Shadow" movies to come from Monogram
Pictures. Like the other films, it's still a good movie, but not
a good "Shadow" movie. Our superhero is not at all super, and we
don't see much of The Shadow in any film entry.
This is a much better, tighter mystery. George
Callahan's writing for these films really improved as they
progressed. Scenes where Lamont works as The Shadow make more
sense. There are actually good reasons for him to become The
Shadow. It's just too bad that we don't see more of The
Shadow. A jade statue, referred to as the "missing lady"
throughout the film, is stolen and its owner is killed.
A neat thing about this film is that it makes
reference to the previous film. Movie series' just didn't do a
lot of that back then. It's nice to see some sort of continuity
in these movies. In the previous film, "Behind the Mask" (1946),
The Shadow was blamed for murdering people. In THIS film, Lamont
Cranston is framed for two murders. As The Shadow, Lamont must
clear his name.
The cast is good, as always. There was a
recast of James Flavin as Inspector Cardona. He plays Cardona
just about the same as Joseph Crehan, so I don't really notice the
difference. I like James Flavin as an actor. He later
played the long-suffering Detective Sawyer in the "Burns & Allen"
Lamont Cranston is knocked out three times in
this movie! He was never knocked out in the previous
movies. We would just expect better of him than to be knocked out
like a dummy all the time. Still, this was the best done movie in
the series and worth watching. Fans of classic mystery films will
love this, but it might only prove a curiousity for "Shadow" fans.
Shadow and the Missing Lady
film was released August 17, 1946 in the USA.
A Mystery Thrill-Treat From The Annals of "The Shadow"!