Mrs. Devil vs. Mr. Shadow,
This review is from: The Devil Takes A Wife (Full) (MP3 Music)
"The Devil Takes A Wife" is a fine example of THE SHADOW taking its "show" on the road -- in this case, to the bayou country of Louisiana -- yet still producing the fast-paced, intricately plotted, highly atmospheric stories which were the norm for its city-bound episodes.
"Wife" finds Lamont and Margo summoned to the houseboat of the Ellis family, deep in the fetid swamp country, to investigate an extortionist-murderer who signs their ransom notes "The Devil's Wife" and seems to be responsible for at least eight murders. Local folk are convinced the extortionist's murder methods are supernatural; Lamont is not so sure. What he is sure of is that the Devil's Wife could be almost anyone -- Dr. Ellis, Ellis' daughter Kate, their handyman Charlie...even Mrs. King herself...and that the hideout of the fiend lies deep within the murky heart of the swamp: a place of quicksand, gators, and poisonous snakes. However, when the Wife kidnaps Margo, Lamont has no choice but to "enter Hell to seek the Devil" (or in this case, his spouse). Can The Shadow best The Devil's significant other?
Of all the tales of THE SHADOW set in Cajun country, this is probably the best. The brooding, evil atmosphere of the swamp is well captured, the pace picks up steadily and works to a good climax, and the plot is straightforward but the mystery has plenty of suspects and red herrings that keep you guessing right until the end. If it's not quite a classic it is a very damn good piece of storytelling nonetheless.
"The Devil Takes A Wife" was broadcast on December 8, 1946 and stars Bret Morrison as The Shadow.