- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 16, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000MQ54FI
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The story begins with crooked lawyer Peter Murdoch visiting one of his clients on death row. Dan Malley is about to be executed for a murder he committed on Murdoch's orders, but Murdoch isn't shedding any tears for the man he threw to the prosecutorial wolves. After all, dead men tell no tales. Unfortunately for Murdoch, while the governor declines to pardon Malley, The Shadow hears his last testament as to Murdoch's guilt and decides to take the shyster down. But Murdoch is no dummy: knowing the invisible vigilante is after him, he devises a fiendish trap using the latest technology: a death chamber triggered by a photo-electric beam. Facing a situation where his hypnotic powers are useless, The Shadow will have to dig deep simply to survive the night, much less take down Peter Murdoch.
This episode has many of the qualities which endeared me to THE SHADOW. There's plenty of crackly gangster dialogue, an absolutely vicious criminal who is a worthy match for Cranston, and a diabolical concept centered around technology which in 1938 was practically science-fiction, the photo-electric beam.This last bit is not only unintentionally funny to modern listeners, but gives a wonderful snapshot of the world of that time, which was teetering on the edge of a technological revolution. The earliest seasons of THE SHADOW suffered somewhat from the omnipotence of the character, but soon after Bill Johnstone took over the role, the writers increased the cunning of The Shadow's enemies and as a result, tended to produce better drama and suspense. This episode is a fine example of that evolution.
"Death Stalks The Shadow" was originally broadcast October 9, 1938 and stars Bill Johnstone as The Shadow.