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The Shadow

The Shadow is the name of a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media, and it is also used to refer to the character featured in The Shadow media. One of the most famous adventure heroes of the 20th century United States, the Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long-running pulp magazine series, in American comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five films. The radio drama included episodes voiced by Orson Welles.

On September 26, 1937, The Shadow radio drama, a new radio series based on the character as created by Gibson for the pulp magazine, premiered with the story "The Death House Rescue," in which The Shadow was characterized as having "the power to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him." As in the magazine stories, The Shadow was not given the literal ability to become invisible.

The introduction from The Shadow radio program "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!", spoken by actor Frank Readick Jr, has earned a place in the American idiom. These words were accompanied by an ominous laugh and a musical theme, Camille Saint-Saëns' Le Rouet d'Omphale ("Omphale's Spinning Wheel", composed in 1872). At the end of each episode The Shadow reminded listeners that, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Crime does not pay...The Shadow knows!" (Some early episodes, however, used the alternate statement, "As you sow evil, so shall you reap evil! Crime does not pay...The Shadow knows!")

Episodes

1954-0627 - The Vengeance of Angela Nolan - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 48s
1949-0605 - Preview of Terror - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 44s
1949-0529 - Monkey Woman - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 19s
1949-0417 - Death And The Easter Bonnet - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 48s
1949-0313 - The Ring of Mahlalaylee - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 50s
1949-0306 - Unto Death Do Us Part - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 24s
1949-0227 - Collectors Of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 6s
1949-0220 - Trail Of The Knifer - 115 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 5s
1949-0102 - Death And The Crown Of Odalph - 115 - The Shadow
Show Details26min 1s
1948-1128 - The Wig Makers of Doom Street - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 27s
1948-1107 - Evil in the House - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 39s
1948-1031 - Murder By A Corpse - 115 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 9s
1948-1024 - The Drum Of Obi - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 32s
1948-1017 - Dead Man's Ride - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 31s
1948-1010 - A Mask For Murder - 115 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 2s
1948-1003 - Phantom Racketeer - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 13s
1948-0926 - Death is a Colored Dream - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 57s
1948-0919 - Revenge Is Murder - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 24s
1948-0530 - The Ruby Of Karavahl - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 23s
1948-0516 - The Giant of Madras - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 22s
1948-0509 - Reflection of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 22s
1948-0502 - The Legend of the Living Swamp - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 55s
1948-0404 - The Ghost That Gleams - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 38s
1948-0328 - Death & the Easter Bonnet - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 48s
1948-0321 - Death Coils To Strike - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 21s
1948-0314 - Stake Out - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 3s
1948-0229 - The Man Who Was Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 54s
1948-0307 - The Beast of Darrow House - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 48s
1948-0222 - The Nursery Rhyme Murders - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details22min 37s
1948-0215 - The Terror at Wolf's Head Knoll - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 34s
1948-0208 - The Thing in the Cage - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 27s
1948-0201 - One Dead & Two to Go - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 1s
1948-0125 - The House That Death Built - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 28s
1948-0118 - Death and the Black Fedora - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 29s
1948-0111 - The Bones of the Dragon - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 24s
1948-0104 - The Chill Of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 22s
1947-1228 - Legend Of Crownshield Castle - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 14s
1947-1221 - A Gift Of Murder - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 35s
1947-1130 - Murder And The Medium - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details22min 45s
1947-1123 - The Comic Strip Killer - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 58s
1947-1116 - Doom And The Limping Man - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 57s
1947-1109 - Dream Of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details30min 43s
1947-1102 - Death Has Eight Arms - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 44s
1947-1026 - The Death Hunt - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details30min 39s
1947-1019 - The Ruby Of Karavahl - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 35s
1947-1005 - The Curse Of The Gypsies - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 49s
1947-0928 - Death Takes The Wheel - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 22s
1947-0921 - The Face - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 25s
1947-0914 - When The Grave Is Open - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 39s
1947-0907 - The Phantom Of The Lighthouse - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 14s
1947-0601 - The Spider Boy - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 29s
1947-0525 - Seance With Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 58s
1947-0518 - Death Rides High - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 17s
1947-0511 - The Shadow's Revenge - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 11s
1947-0202 - The Scent Of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 16s
1947-0112 - The Cat And The Killer - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 29s
1947-0105 - The Werewolf Of Hamilton Mansion - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 55s
1946-1229 - The Shadow Of Suspicion - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 47s
1946-1222 - The Fine Art Of Murder - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 20s
1946-1215 - Murders On The Main Stem - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 52s
1946-1208 - The Devil Takes A Wife - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 58s
1946-1201 - Makeup For Murder - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min
1946-1124 - The Gang Doctor - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 23s
1946-1013 - The Valley Of Living Terror - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 10s
1946-0602 - Death In A Minor Key - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 55s
1946-0526 - They Kill With A Silver Hatchet - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 35s
1946-0512 - The Bride Wore Black - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 55s
1946-0505 - The White Witchman Of Lawaiki - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 5s
1946-0428 - Dreams Of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details30min 43s
1946-0421 - The Gorilla Man - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 4s
1946-0414 - The Unburied Dead - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 44s
1946-0407 - The Ghost Wore A Silver Slipper - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 41s
1946-0331 - Mind Over Murder - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 36s
1946-0324 - The Walking Corpse - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 35s
1946-0317 - Etched With Acid - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min
1946-0310 - The Ghost Without A Face - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 14s
1946-0303 - The Island Of Ancient Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 49s
1946-0210 - The Living Head - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details26min 9s
1946-0203 - Murder With Music - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 56s
1946-0127 - Dream of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details30min 37s
1946-0120 - The Curse Of The Cat - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 9s
1945-1104 - Spotlight on the Duchess - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 25s
1945-0408 - The Little Man Who Wasn't There - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 16s
1945-0325 - The Destroyer - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 38s
1945-0318 - The Case of the Burning Skull - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 31s
1945-0311 - Brief Fame Of John Cooper - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 53s
1945-0127 - Out of This World - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details27min 35s
1944-0319 - The Drums Of Doom - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 49s
1944-0312 - Death To The Shadow - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 3s
1944-0206 - A Pass To Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 44s
1943-unkn - Return To Life - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 37s
1943-1226 - The Juggernaut - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 29s
1943-1219 - The Club Of Doom - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 5s
1943-1205 - Bubbling Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 23s
1943-1003 - The Crystal Globe - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 44s
1943-0926 - The Gibbering Thing - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 30s
1941-0323 - Death Prowls At Night - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 56s
1941-0316 - The Ghost Walks Again - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 46s
1941-0309 - The Murder Underground - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 47s
1941-0302 - Death Rides A Broomstick - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details28min 50s
1941-0223 - The Chess Club Murders - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 16s
1941-0216 - The Phantom Voyage - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 49s
1941-0209 - The Man Who Lived Twice - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 15s
1941-0202 - The Nightmare At Gaelsbury - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 24s
1941-0126 - The Ghost Of Caleb Mackenzie - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 34s
1941-0119 - The Shadow Challenged - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 3s
1941-0105 - The Leopard Strikes - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 48s
1941-0102 - The Ghost Building - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 35s
1940-1229 - The Ghost of the Stair - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 2s
1940-1222 - Joey's Christmas Story - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 3s
1940-1215 - The Killer's Rendezvous - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 54s
1940-1208 - The Voice of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 9s
1940-1201 - The Curse of Shiva - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 44s
1940-1124 - The Green Man - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details24min 4s
1940-1117 - The House of Horror - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details22min 44s
1940-1110 - Carnival of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 52s
1940-1103 - The Creeper - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details23min 48s
1940-1027 - The Mark of the Black Widow - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details25min 21s
1940-1020 - The Oracle of Death - 00 - The Shadow
Show Details29min 15s
1940-1013 - Isle of the Living Dead - The Shadow
Show Details24min 58s
1940-1006 - Ghost Town - The Shadow
Show Details27min 8s
1940-0929 - Death in a Minor Key - The Shadow
Show Details29min 33s
1940-0324 - The Plot That Failed - The Shadow
Show Details23min 15s
1940-0317 - Murderer's Vanity - The Shadow
Show Details24min
1940-0310 - The Laughing Corpse - The Shadow
Show Details25min 43s
1940-0303 - Death on the Bridge - The Shadow
Show Details24min 35s
1940-0303 - Bridge of Tragedy - The Shadow
Show Details27min 5s
1940-0211 - Death is an Art - The Shadow
Show Details23min 29s
1940-0204 - The Return of Carnation Charlie - The Shadow
Show Details23min 11s
1940-0121 - The Precipice Called Death - The Shadow
Show Details25min 10s
1940-0107 - Murder in the Death House - The Shadow
Show Details25min 10s
1939-1231 - The Cat That Killed - The Shadow
Show Details26min 7s
1939-1217 - Murder Incorporated - The Shadow
Show Details24min 4s
1939-1210 - The Flight of the Vulture - The Shadow
Show Details23min 41s
1939-1203 - Death Shows The Way - The Shadow
Show Details24min 32s
1939-1126 - The Sandhog Murders - The Shadow
Show Details22min 40s
1939-1119 - The Shadow Returns - The Shadow
Show Details25min 11s
1939-1112 - The Inventor of Death - The Shadow
Show Details25min 3s
1939-1105 - Mansion of Madness - The Shadow
Show Details22min 56s
1939-1029 - Phantom Fingerprints - The Shadow
Show Details24min 40s
1939-1022 - House of Fun - The Shadow
Show Details25min 3s
1939-1001 - The Night Marauders - The Shadow
Show Details22min 47s
1939-0924 - Dead Men Talk - The Shadow
Show Details24min 40s
1939-0319 - Can The Dead Talk - The Shadow
Show Details26min 59s
1939-0312 - Appointment With Death - The Shadow
Show Details24min 54s
1939-0305 - Sabotage By Air - The Shadow
Show Details28min 45s
1939-0226 - Horror in Wax - The Shadow
Show Details29min
1939-0219 - Friend of Darkness - The Shadow
Show Details28min 51s
1939-0212 - Hypnotic Death - The Shadow
Show Details28min 44s
1939-0205 - The Ghost of Captain - The Shadow
Show Details23min 25s
1939-0129 - Prelude to Terror - The Shadow
Show Details24min 47s
1939-0122 - Valley of the Living Dead - The Shadow
Show Details28min 55s
1939-0115 - Ghosts Can Kill - The Shadow
Show Details28min 11s
1939-0108 - Island Of The Devil - The Shadow
Show Details29min 17s
1939-0101 - The Man Who Murdered Time - The Shadow
Show Details28min 40s
1938-1218 - Guest of Death - The Shadow
Show Details28min 41s
1938-1204 - Murder in E Flat - The Shadow
Show Details21min 59s
1938-1120 - Death Is Blind - The Shadow
Show Details28min 49s
1938-1113 - Black Rock - The Shadow
Show Details25min 7s
1938-1106 - Shyster Payoff - The Shadow
Show Details27min 35s
1938-1030 - The Isle Of Fear - The Shadow
Show Details29min 9s
1938-1023 - Gun Island - The Shadow
Show Details29min 41s
1938-1016 - Night Without End - The Shadow
Show Details24min 31s
1938-1009 - Death Stalks The Shadow
Show Details28min 8s
1938-1002 - The Black Abbot - The Shadow
Show Details26min 19s
1938-0925 - Traffic in Death - The Shadow
Show Details27min 2s
1938-0911 - The Caverns of Death - The Shadow
Show Details24min 6s
1938-0904 - Death Under The Chapel - The Shadow
Show Details25min 31s
1938-0828 - The Tomb of Terror - The Shadow
Show Details27min 55s
1938-0821 - Murder On Approval - The Shadow
Show Details28min 57s
1938-0814 - The Tenor with the Broken Voice - The Shadow
Show Details29min 2s
1938-0731 - Message From The Hills - The Shadow
Show Details28min 45s
1938-0724 - Murders in Wax - The Shadow
Show Details23min 25s
1938-0717 - Aboard The Steamship Amazon - The Shadow
Show Details29min 8s
1938-0710 - White God - The Shadow
Show Details28min 34s
1938-0703 - Power of the Mind - The Shadow
Show Details29min 2s
1938-0626 - The Blind Beggar Dies - The Shadow
Show Details28min 49s
1938-0619 - Firebug - The Shadow
Show Details28min 55s
1938-0612 - Death From the Deep - The Shadow
Show Details26min 5s
1938-0605 - The Hypnotized Audience - The Shadow
Show Details26min 22s
1938-0320 - The White Legion - The Shadow
Show Details28min 22s
1938-0318 - The Silent Avenger - The Shadow
Show Details27min 37s
1938-0306 - The Bride of Death - The Shadow
Show Details26min 21s
1938-0227 - The Plot Murder - The Shadow
Show Details29min 21s
1938-0220 - Hounds in the Hills - The Shadow
Show Details29min 5s
1938-0213 - House Of Horror - The Shadow
Show Details24min
1938-0206 - The Phantom Voice - The Shadow
Show Details27min 20s
1938-0130 - The Poison Death - The Shadow
Show Details28min 10s
1938-0123 - The Society of the Living Dead - The Shadow
Show Details31min 48s
1938-0116 - Sabotage - The Shadow
Show Details27min 44s
1938-0108 - League of Terror - The Shadow
Show Details28min 3s
1938 - The Creeper - The Shadow
Show Details27min 46s
1937-1226 - The Voice Of Death - The Shadow
Show Details22min 50s
1937-1212 - The Death Triangle - The Shadow
Show Details27min 47s
1937-1128 - The Circle of Death - The Shadow
Show Details28min 9s
1937-1031 - The Three Ghosts - The Shadow
Show Details31min 24s
1937-1024 - The Temple Bells of Neban - The Shadow
Show Details27min 56s
1937-1017 - Murder By The Dead - The Shadow
Show Details29min 43s
1937-0926 - Death House Rescue - The Shadow
Show Details29min 8s