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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Kitty!, April 30, 2012
This review is from: The Cat That Killed (Audible Audio Edition)
There are certain storylines written for radio that could only work on the radio; if you tried them on television or in film, where the audience can see what's happening instead of merely imagining it, you'd be laughed right out of town. "The Cat That Killed" is one of those tales. It's kind of ridiculous, even silly, but it still works.

"Cat" begins with Lamont and Margo walking through the waterfront at night. Hearing a horrible scream from the rooftop of a nearby warehouse, they rush up the steps to the top, only to see the incredible sight of a huge black cat crouching over the mangled body of a night watchman. The cat leaps off the roof and disappears as if into thin air, and soon we learn that the watchman is the third guard to be slaughtered performing his duties at that building. What follows is part mystery, part horror story, part suspense, and all outrageous. The only certainty is that in order to come out on top, The Shadow will have to be as cunning as a cat. Or a killer.

As I said, this story is not shy with outrageous premises, but it is so cleverly written that the mental images which fill the listener's mind seem not only vivid and real but entirely credible. THE SHADOW was always at its best when creating a spooky atmosphere of night and fog, and this episode has it in spades. If the mystery element is weaker than the horror/suspense parts, it is mainly due to time constraints. It doesn't much effect enjoying this "marvelous malarkey."

"The Cat That Killed" was originally broadcast on December 31, 1939 and stars Bill Johnstone as The Shadow.
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