The Shadow (1933)

Article #1126 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-14-2004
Posting Date: 9-11-2004
Directed by George A. Cooper
Featuring Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Filix Aylmer

Detectives try to track down and capture a blackmailing fiend known as The Shadow in an old dark house on a foggy night.

Those who pick up this movie hoping for something involving Lamont Cranston will find themselves disappointed; what we have here is another take on the “old dark house” genre, this one with a strong British feel that IMDB lists as being from both the United Kingdom and the United States. It’s pretty typical of the genre, with a shadowy figure lurking around the house, two subplots destined to throw you off track, and an extremely British comic relief mystery writer who stutters and jolly well uses the words “frightfully” and “jolly” too frightfully much. This being said, I can’t tell you what the best thing about this movie is, since it involves the ending, but I will go so far as to say that for once the identity of the villain is exactly who I hoped it would be. At any rate, I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how far along I come with this series of reviews, I’m sure there will always be another “old dark house” around the corner somewhere.


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