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4.0 out of 5 stars Carnations and Crazies, January 18, 2012
This review is from: The Shadow Vol. 3 (MP3 Music)
THE SHADOW VOLUME 3 is a very solid two-episode compliation from the Bill Johnstone era of the show. Although neither episode is what you'd call a classic, both stories are very entertaining and show off the unusual flexibility that the show's formula allowed its writers. The episodes are:

Nightmare at Galesbury (2-2-41): Lamont and Margo are visiting their friend, Dr. Bill Blair, who runs an insane asylym outside the isolated upstate village of Gaelsberry. Unfortunately, when they arrive, they discover to their horror that the asylum has been taken over by the patients, including a giant obsessed with knives and one particularly crazy former doctor who wants to resume his practice of operating on Margo Lane.


The Return of Carnation Charlie (2-2-40): Notorious gangster Carnation Charlie is on his way to the electric chair for murder, but all he can think about is revenge. He's drawn up a death list of those he blames for his upcoming execution, and swears he'll come back from the grave to see the names scratched off. Everyone laughs at Charlie's outlandish claims...especially after he's executed. That is, they laugh until the men on the list begin to die, brutally murdered by a man wearing a carnation who looks just like Charlie. Has Carnation come back from the grave? Is a copycat killer at work? Or is there a third possibility even more outrageous than the other two?

As I said, neither of these episodes breaks much new ground in the storytelling department, but they are both very solid and entertaining shows; and "Charlie" is one of the more brutal episodes in THE SHADOW's canon. I'd definitely recommend both.
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