Oracle of Death

  • by The Shadow
  • Narrated by Bill Johnstone
  • 0 hrs and 27 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on October 20, 1940. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane". Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"


What the Critics Say

"As one of the basic prototypes of what has come to be called Pop Art, the Shadow is unique and irreplaceable, a legend in his own time. A classic character who looms slouch hat and shoulders above all others of his kind, he is an inevitable as a guilty conscience, an unseen power that awakens within all of us our most deep-rooted fears of mortal retribution. There has never been a force quite like him." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)


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Customer Reviews

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A quick listen with weird story

Any additional comments?

The Shadow is one of my favorite old time radio programs. Sometimes the sound quality shows the age poorly. There are a few hisses and pops in this audio. The story line tells of Cranston's trouble with a person who sets him up as the bait to clear the city so an evening of crime spree can happen. Odd storyline that Cranston should have seen coming. I enjoyed the short story.

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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2007
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.